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Manmohan’s disapproval of disruptions in Parliament not fair: Pallam Raju

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Union Minister M.M. Pallam Raju on Wednesday questioned the government’s hurry to push the Telangana bill and said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s disapproval of disruptions in Parliament was not “fair”. File photo
The Hindu Union Minister M.M. Pallam Raju on Wednesday questioned the government’s hurry to push the Telangana bill and said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s disapproval of disruptions in Parliament was not “fair”. File photo

In an open defiance, Union Minister M.M. Pallam Raju on Wednesday questioned the government’s hurry to push the Telangana bill and said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s disapproval of disruptions in Parliament was not “fair”.

Mr. Raju, Minister for Human Resource Development, who hails from Seemandhra region, insisted that the bill for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh is “absolute injustice” in the current form and it should not become a reality.

He justified the uproar created by his party colleagues from Seemandhra, including four ministers, who trooped into the Well of Lok Sabha disrupting the presentation of Interim Rail Budget, saying that it is expected of them to put up a “final battle” in Lok Sabha against the proposed division.

“I do not think the comment is fair just to isolate what is happening today. It has been happening in the House. Certainly, I think there has been a failing somewhere,” Mr. Raju said.

“It is not just today. It happened in 15th Lok Sabha and it has happened on multiple issues,” the minister said.

He was replying to a question about the disapproval by the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath of four Union ministers from Seemandhra region storming the Well in Lok Sabha along with other members over the Telangana issue.

“My heart bleeds to see what is happening in the House. It is sad for democracy that such things are happening even after all appeals for calm,” the Prime Minister said soon after the ruckus in the Lower House.

Mr. Kamal Nath said it is unfortunate and will set a bad precedent for Lok Sabha in the future.

Defending his colleagues, Mr. Raju said the manner in which some issues have been handled has not been right and there is widespread perception that injustice is being done.

“And, therefore that public pressure translates on to the elected representatives and it is expected of us to put up a final battle in the House,” he said.

Mr. Raju said that the bill should not become a reality in its present form because justice is not being done to two of the badly affected regions -- Rayalseema and Seemandhra -- and questioned the hurry with which it is being brought in this session, suggesting that the matter can be taken up by the next Lok Sabha as well after the polls.

“There is absolute injustice in the current form of the bill. I hope that amendments will take place before it is introduced. There is no reason why it should be rushed in this Lok Sabha. It can always be taken up later.

“The process has begun. It is well on its way and I think it would be fair to rectify the defects and the shortcomings and then introduce it,” he said.

The Union minister’s comments are significant coming a day after the expulsions of six Seemandhra MPs from Congress.

The MPs had given a notice of no-confidence motion against the government opposing the decision on Telangana.

The MPs expelled by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi are Sabbam Hari, G V Harsha Kumar, V Arun Kumar, L Rajagopal, R Sambasiva Rao and A Sai Pratap.

The party has sought to give a strong message on the Telangana issue by taking this “unprecedented” step.

Sabbam Hari has threatened self-immolation in Lok Sabha if the government tabled the Telangana bill.

Another Congress MP Ananta Venkatrami Reddy, who is among the 12 party MPs from Seemandhra who did not sign the notice for no-confidence, said on Tuesday, “We are totally against the bill for the bifurcation of the state and will vote against it when it comes to the House. We will see that the bill is defeated.”

There are 25 MPs from the Seemandhra region including 18 from Congress, three from YSR Congress and four from TDP.

Maintaining other Congress MPs from Seemandhra are also opposing the bill, Mr. Reddy said, “But how can we put a no- confidence motion against our own government. One thing is clear that we are totally opposed to the Telangana bill.”

The issue of the separate state rocked both Houses of Parliament leading to several adjournments.

The government proposes to bring the Telangana bill in the current session despite a sharp division among political parties, including ruling Congress, over the issue.

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This is nothing but dictatorship being meted out by the UPA. Will
division solve the problems of Telangana ? Can self governance
alleviate poverty and resolve all the problems. If that is the case
why is india still poor after 60 years of self governance. When we all
belong to a united A.P since the formation, where is the question of
injustice to some region when the issues are decided upon majority.
Moreover why didn't UPA support the tamilians of Srilanka when they
wanted self governance as they felt injustice is meted out to them, so
that a separate country could be formed. You had sent out army to
suppress the movement in Srilanka and support Telangana movement by
bifurcating. This only shows dual nature of UPA. The UPA is to be
blamed for not rejecting the TRS and conniving with them for such
state of affairs. The state which set an example for growth and
prosperity is pushed into anarchy and poverty. The A.P people will
never forgive congress for this in the coming decades.

from:  P.Srinivas Rao
Posted on: Feb 12, 2014 at 18:58 IST

Raju - why are you hanging to ministership if you are not in agreement with the cabinet decision? What kind of morals do you have then? Are you saying disruption of parliament is fair? In our text book we read that parliament is the place for passing the laws of land, past two weeks of parliament shows there are no laws in the parliament itself.

from:  raja
Posted on: Feb 12, 2014 at 17:36 IST

The people of Telengana have legitimate grievances, but it is not at
all clear that they can be solved by the creation of a separate state.
In the present political climate, this will only give food to corrupt
politicians to ascend to power and loot the state. What India needs is
not more states, but good governance, impartial and stern law
enforcement, and the education of a new generation of Indians who value
country above caste and creed. Political giants who could have steered
us out of the chaos are long gone. We have no one of the stature of a
Nehru or Patel, not even an Indira Gandhi. The road ahead for India is
long and dangerous, calling for our youth to step up to the challenge
and save the nation.

from:  CS Venkat
Posted on: Feb 12, 2014 at 17:04 IST

2004 to 2014 is Manmohan Singh's Decade of Decay as per a book written
by some author and relesed around last Sept 2013. But my dear
Telegana People, please do not be carried away by the protests of your
MPs. It is all a drama/eyewash by them with an eye on May 2014
election. If they do not protest now you will not elect them in the
coming elections and the other party MPs will get elected by exposing
them . They do not loose anything by this explusion at the fag end of
this Lok Sabha, that is why they are doing all these things. Be
Careful to elect the right person.

from:  G MUKUNDAN
Posted on: Feb 12, 2014 at 16:53 IST

Time has come for Seema-Andhra to separate from India. India has cornered Seema-Andhra in Chakra Vyuh like Abhimanyu was by Kaurav Sena. Seema-Andhra should approach UN ASAP.

from:  Vish
Posted on: Feb 12, 2014 at 16:37 IST

My heart bleeds, when i see my state traveling backward in development
under congress govt. My heart bleeds when congress cheated Telangana
since 2004. My heart bleeds when Telugu people fight with each other
for the state separation. Separation could have done in peace if
congress had brain.

In 2004 congress promised to give Telangana with in 6 months, why they
kept quit till 9 1/2 year, our PM is just a puppet for this Italy
lady.
Congress doesn't have a leader through out india, they have only
politicians. Who do politics for their survival.


from:  bharath
Posted on: Feb 12, 2014 at 16:20 IST

In yesterday TV program, someone had mentioned about "Filibuster" and
the reason for delaying with even its own minister opposing the bill.

from:  Murugan
Posted on: Feb 12, 2014 at 16:17 IST

Well said T.K.P.Naig. PM is trying to take different stands on things.
When the scams are around he prefers to stay silent and not do anything
and here he is trying to force Telangana issue without proper
consideration. How can something rejected in the State assembly be in
motion in Parliament is beyond my words. If the local people and their
government doesn't support something how can someone who has no idea
about the region take decisions. Useless government.

from:  Murthy
Posted on: Feb 12, 2014 at 16:17 IST

Never before in the history of Free India a new state is being
fomed much against the will of the majority of the Legislators in
the state. While it is appreciated that a Telengana state should be
formed due to the injustices meted out to region for decades, the
manner in which this is being done is grossly unfair. Justice should
be done to the Samaikhya regions to make this split acceptable.
From the Telengana side giving the Governor certain powere is
unconstitutional. The Bill has been badly drafted, obviously by a
person not legally trained on the nuances of the Constitution.
The Bill has to be redrafted perhaps after sending it to a Select
Commitee and votedin the next Lok Sabha with suitable provisions
for the residual stete to come up properly. Unfortunately the A P
state depended too much on Hyferabad for it;s financial resources
A proper provision for the new state to develop suitable
infrastructure to generate resources must be a part of the Bill. The
Bill is not fit.

from:  S N IYER
Posted on: Feb 12, 2014 at 16:14 IST

hurry brings worry

from:  A N K M RAO
Posted on: Feb 12, 2014 at 16:02 IST

Well said. PM would be well advised to look at his handling of not only telangana
issue but also 2G, Coal gate etc. and if at all one person who is resonsible, it MMS.

from:  T.R.Shanmukha
Posted on: Feb 12, 2014 at 15:38 IST

P.M.'s heart does not bleed at the sufferings of common man due to inflation, corruption , subversion of procedures in JPC over 2 G ,overthrowing of rules in appointment of Addl Director to CBI, appointment of a 'luminary 'in Mr. Rao to the Lokpal, cash for votes issue , unkept 2009 promises of Govt and party in getting money from Swiss Banks etc.In the Telengana issue too, his heart did not bleed that his Home Minister of the day said something and the PM did anotheron this issue. He thought he can bulldoze his government in Andhra and his party Parliamentarians , Ministers etc and get this done with an eye on 2014 elections. The cause rests with him and to blame the effect is dishonest and hence drama ..the country wasted 10 years with him at the helm , due to the vested interests of his Masters in the Party.His term in our history is marked by a black mark.

from:  T.K.P.Naig
Posted on: Feb 12, 2014 at 15:37 IST
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