Telangana: Eatala Rajender of the BJP suspended from Assembly for insulting Speaker

TRS MLAs said Rajender refused to apologise as he wanted to attract suspension and make it an issue outside the House.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Sep 13, 2022 | 3:04 PMUpdatedSep 13, 2022 | 3:09 PM

Eatala Rajender

The third and final day of the monsoon session of the Telangana Assembly began on a stormy note, with the Speaker suspending BJP legislator Eatala Rajender for the rest of the session, which ended on Tuesday, 13 September.

Rajender was suspended after Legislative Affairs Minister Vemula Prashant Reddy moved a resolution to this effect.

He had cited Rajender’s inappropriate and indecorous comments about the Speaker — that he had acted like a “robot” — on the first day of the session on 6 September, as reasons behind the motion.

Outside the House, tension built up after his suspension when the police tried to restrain Rajender from speaking to reporters.

The legislator, however, managed to say that he would not rest until KCR’s regime was toppled.

He said he would not be cowed down by threats and asserted that he was suspended only so that he could be silenced. The action against him was mala fide and motivated by spite, he said.

Police action

As he was prevented from speaking to reporters, he waited for his vehicle to pick him up, but the police took him away in their vehicle. He flew into a rage at the police, asking them not to act like slaves to the ruling party.

As soon as the House met in the morning, sparks flew all around, with the treasury benches demanding that Rajender apologise.

He, however, stuck to his guns and tried to turn the tables on them, asking whether they were trying to intimidate him by demanding that he apologise.

A visibly upset Rajender was seen trying to defend himself in the House even as the ruling party members as well as Vemula Prashant Reddy insisted that he apologise, as his comments were a slur on the chair.

TRS legislator Dasyam Vinay Bhaskar raised the demand for Rajender’s apology, while another TRS lawmaker — Balka Suman — said the BJP member had no right to continue in the House after denigrating the office of the Speaker.

Vemula said it appeared that Rajender was inviting suspension so that he could make it an issue outside the house. The TRS members wanted Eatala to apologise and take part in the debates in the assembly as his comments had hurt all the members since the speaker was a father figure to the House.

“I had asked Eatala several times to withdraw his words, but he would not listen,” he said.