PUDUCHERRY: Congress MLA Malladi Krishna Rao from Yanam attended the budget session of the Assembly on Friday dressed in a Modi-style khadi kurta pyjama. What caught the attention of many was the photo of Gandhi ji printed on the back of the kurta.
During zero hour AIADMK MLA A Anbazaghan objected to Malladi Krishna Rao sporting the picture of Gandhi ji, the father of the nation, on the back of the kutra and opined that it was demeaning. He demanded the member remove the kurta. However, Malladi Krishna Rao quipped that he had purchased the kurta pyjama set when he had gone to Ahmedabad for a “cheap” price of `1,300. “It does not matter where the picture of Gandhi ji is on the kurta, as Gandhi ji existed in his heart, which is important,” said the member.
His outfit, however, triggered speculations of his political stand even as the incident where he discussed political options with his supporters at his house in Yanam still remained fresh.
In fact, Malladi Krishna Rao had also identified himself separately in the Assembly in the current budget session, when he objected to AIADMK member’s allegations of a corruption scam in the free rice scheme against the previous Congress government. He said the allegation against the Congress government should not include him (he was minister in the government) claiming that he was clean, though they could make charges against the former CM (V Vaithilingam) and the concerned former minister.