CLP defends Speaker

‘No need to learn lessons from Opposition’

TDP had not allowed proceedings under anti-defection law after “dethroning” NTR: chief whip

“The delay in Speaker’s judgment was due to repeated adjournments sought by TRS counsel”

HYDERABAD: The Congress Legislature Party has criticised the Opposition parties for their remarks against Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy’s judgment in the case relating to the rebel Telangana Rashtra Samiti MLAs and asked them not to “lower the prestige of a constitutional post for political ends.”

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Government chief whip N. Kiran Kumar Reddy said the Opposition parties, the Telugu Desam Party in particular, had “no moral right” to speak about the judgment delivered by the Speaker disqualifying three rebel TRS MLAs. The TDP should not forget the past when it had not allowed proceedings under anti-defection law after “dethroning” TDP founder N.T. Rama Rao.

He demanded that TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu clarify whether the anti-defection laws were not applicable to his party. The Left parties that were supporting the TDP then did not raise their voice against the treatment meted out to NTR who was not allowed to air his views in the Assembly while TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao was part of the TDP members who brought down the NTR government.

“The Congress need not learn any moral lessons from such parties,” he said advising the Left and TRS to “shed their dual standards.” He defended the delay in delivering the judgment claiming that the TRS official counsel sought repeated adjournments leading to the delay, but the Speaker was being blamed for no fault of his.

He criticised Praja Rajyam that faulted the Speaker’s judgment and pointed out that the party was making comments out of desperation that its president Chiranjeevi’s meetings evoked poor response from the people.

“The Congress is ready to send people to Mr. Chiranjeevi’s meetings if the PR,” he said.

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