In what has to be the irony of ironies, the expelled Congress MP Lagadapati Rajgopal — the man who shot to infamy after he unleashed a can of pepper spray in Lok Sabha — once wanted stringent steps to curb unruly behaviour in parliament.
Rajgopal had successfully introduced a private members bill in the Lok Sabha in 2009 to deal with disruptions by MPs and even suggested a mechanism to penalise them. Rajagopal, a two-time Congress MP from Vijaywada, had on July 31, 2009 moved the bill and the motion for its introduction was adopted by the Lok Sabha.
However, on Thursday while Telangana MP Ponnam Prabhakar who got sprayed pepper into his eyes got a hug from AICC general secretary, Lagadapati Rajagopal has been depicted as an outlaw for his act in the Lok Sabha and some even compared him to Afzal Guru.
Rajagopal is also known as Lanco Rajagopal. He was first elected to Lok Sabha in 2004 and then in 2009 from the same constituency. He defeated noted film producer Aswini Dutt and Vallabhaneni Vamsi, both from TDP in 2004 and 2009 respectively.
Lagadapati is an industrialist and son-in-law of former Union and state minister and TDP leader Parvathaneni Upendra.
Lagadapati has been in news for his stand against bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. He has been supporting the cause of united Andhra Pradesh and has been at the forefront to mobilise politicians and other sections of people on this issue.