‘Naidu deserves punishment for his disparaging comments’

‘His remarks against Lok Sabha and Speaker reflect his frustration’

Rosaiah faults Naidu for accusing the Chief Minister of intimidation

HYDERABAD: Finance Minister K. Rosaiah has said that Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu deserves to be punished by the Parliament for his disparaging remarks against Lok Sabha members and Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.

At a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Rosaiah took exception to the TDP chief’s remarks on Lok Sabha and his allegation that Mr. Chatterjee failed to discharge his duties properly. “These remarks reflect his frustration at failure to play a key role in national politics and his unsuccessful bid to oust the UPA government with the help of the Left and others,” he remarked.

The Minister noted that Mr. Naidu could be dragged to the Parliament on the charges of ‘breach of privilege’ of the House for his uncalled remarks. Further, he said, the TDP leader had no moral right to criticise the style of functioning of Mr. Chatterjee, who had been chosen the Best Parliamentarian.

He also faulted the TDP chief for accusing Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy of threatening the Telugu Desam MPs. “It is well known that Mr. Naidu was camping in New Delhi during the trust vote and tried to play the role of a kingmaker. On the other hand, Dr. Reddy’s presence in New Delhi went unnoticed and it is wrong to say that he threatened TDP members,” he said.

Dig at smaller parties

At another press conference, Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah took a dig at the smaller parties for opposing the nuclear deal. In an indirect reference to the TDP and the TRS, the Minister said these parties which pursued local agenda had no locus standi to oppose the deal and join hands with those whose sole intention was to topple the UPA government.