Frustrated Naidu exploded in Assembly
The ruckus in AP Assembly witnessed on the first day of the winter session show how frustrated is TDP chief and opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu. It is almost 18 months that general elections were held in 2019 and he lost the battle. Still, it looks Naidu is yet to realise his defeat, if one goes by the way he behaved in the Assembly.
More than his defeat, the TDP chief is unable to digest the thumping victory of Jagan Mohan Reddy and his YSR Congress, which bagged 151 seats in the 175-member Assembly, leaving just 23 seats to Chandrababu Naidu. Even among those 23 MLAs, four of them have distanced from him, bringing down his party’s strength to 19.
Naidu was ferocious at his best, shouting on top of his voice, seeking Speaker’s permission to join the debate on agriculture, farmers’ welfare and the Nirav cyclone devastation. Deputy speaker, Kona Raghupathi, who was in the presiding officers’ chair, advised Naidu to wait for his tern, which irked the TDP chief to shout at the chair, the ruling party, threatening them with his index finger and walking into the well of the House. He finally sat on the floor, though not all of the TDP MLAs joined him by squatting on the floor.
Chandrababu Naidu, who served as the chief minister for 14 years and as Opposition leader for 11 years never walked into the well of the house or to the Speaker’s podium. He served as Opposition leader to late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, then to K Rosaiah and then to N Kiran Kumar Reddy in the past. But, he never let his tempers lose and threaten the ruling party. Surprisingly, he did that on Monday.
With all his political and administrative experience, one wonders how Naidu failed to follow the rule book of the Assembly that the chair gives permission to the members to speak as per the rules. He interfered when his own party MLA Rama Naidu was speaking and ended up disrupting the House, against the rules, tradition and conventions.
After suspension, Chandrababu Naidu at his press conference too made derogatory remarks against chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy and Agriculture Minister Kanna Babu, using filthy language. It was unbecoming of a leader of the stature of Chandrababu Naidu to abuse the chief minister and the ministers calling them ‘this fellow – that fellow’ (vadu – veedu).