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Lok Sabha incidents a fallout of Centre's inept handling of Andhra Pradesh division: Kiran Kumar Reddy

Thursday, 13 February 2014 - 5:54pm IST | Agency: PTI
  • Kiran Kumar Reddy IANS

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today said the ugly incidents in the Lok Sabha is the fallout of the Centre's "bungling" in handling the sensitive state bifurcation issue.

"The Centre bungled up the state bifurcation issue from the start and at every stage. The current situation is a result of that (bungling). It should understand that," Kiran said while terming the incidents as "very unfortunate".

"The Prime Minister says his heart bleeds over such incidents. But he should understand that hearts of crores of Telugu people are bleeding because of the undemocratic acts of the Centre," the Chief Minister told reporters this afternoon.

Kiran is on a collision course with the Centre over division of Andhra Pradesh to create Telangana.

The chief minister termed as the "most undemocratic act" the tabling of the AP Reorganisation Bill in Lok Sabha today.

"It is not the way to introduce a Bill. There are rules, procedures, constitution and years of experience. It's not enough to say we are a largest democracy...We should uphold democratic values," Kiran said.

He also found fault with the suspension of 17 MPs belonging to Seemaandhra region from Parliament for the rest of the session.

Taking a dig at the Congress high command, Kiran said how his party could sup with BJP.

"My party calls BJP 'communal' but why is it having lunch with such a party?..You are spreading poison," Kiran remarked, referring to the Prime Minister's lunch hosted for BJP leaders yesterday to ensure smooth passage of the AP Reorganisation Bill.

"They are ready to dine with a communal party but not willing to talk to their own people," he lashed out.

Referring to the trooping into the Well (of Lok Sabha) by Union Ministers from Seemandhra region protesting the bifurcation, Kiran said it only reflected the "gravity" of the situation.

"Union Ministers never troop into the Well. If they have done that...we should understand the gravity of the situation," he said.

On the incident involving Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, Kiran said the former was "attacked and beaten up" in the House.

"I will not comment on what happened (in Lok Sabha) but there is no room for ugly scenes. Let that House decide what happened inside," the chief minister said. 


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