Congress MP Rajagopal: The man behind the pepper spray

In the eye of the storm for using a pepper spray in the Lok Sabha, expelled Congress MP Rajagopal claimed he did it in self-defence.

New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2014 2:15 pm
Congress party lawmaker L. Rajagopal sprayed pepper spray inside the Parliament on Thursday from the main speaking zone, creating chaos. (AP) Congress party lawmaker L. Rajagopal sprayed pepper spray inside the Parliament on Thursday from the main speaking zone, creating chaos. (AP)

While the UPA government kept its promise of introducing the Telangana Bill in the Parliament, one person who managed to shift the focus from the Bill to himself was MP Lagadapati Rajagopal. In the eye of the storm for using a pepper spray in the Lok Sabha to stall tabling of the Telangana Bill, the expelled Congress MP claimed he did it in self-defence. A look at what Rajagopal had to say in his defence:

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I used pepper spray for self- defence: Claiming that he uses pepper spray for self protection as he faces “great threat” from pro-Telangana protesters, Rajagopal said, “I was under attack. As I cannot use lethal weapons and as someone with no security, I used the pepper spary like women do to protect myself from the attack”.

Further, the Congress MP stated that he went to rescue TDP MP M Venugopala Reddy who was targeted by Congress MPs while he was protesting in the well of the House.

Indian Express reports more on the story

Rajagopal not new to drama: In his hometown of Vijayawada and native district of Krishna, MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, 50, is known to have endeared himself to the masses with his attention-grabbing ways — whether because of his rhetoric or his flair for the dramatic. So not many were surprised that he used a pepper spray in the Lok Sabha.

In December 2009, he had the entire administration of then CM K Rosaiah and the state police force on its toes after he made a dramatic escape from the Vijayawada government hospital, where he had been admitted after being arrested for starting a pro-United Andhra hunger strike. Rajagopal escaped after he requested police guards to let him use the toilet, even as over 200 security personnel were deployed outside.

More on this story by  Sreenivas Janyala

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    ajit
    Feb 14, 2014 at 5:41 am
    --THE COVER OF WENDY DONIGERs BOOK SHOWS A HORSE WITH INDIANQUEENS HAVING AN ORGY .ASHWAMEDHAM IS NOT A HORSE SACRIFICE , AND IT DOES NOT INVOLVE KILLING OR OFWOMEN WITH A DEAD HORSE , AS PER THE WHITE INVADERS PROPAA , EVEN IN WIKIPEDIA .ashwamedham is a ritual which the king uses a white horse asa litmus test, to establish long lasting peace , and to send his war wearysoldiers back home to their families .A spirited horse is chosen , with white fur and noblemishes . A yagna ( Agnihotra homam )is held BEFORE the horse sets out on a guided tour .Ashwamedha yagna cannot be held by a mortal. It is held by the king of Gods Indra. It can only be done by a mortal king if he iscommanded to do it by an avatar of Vishnu .This tradition was broken by King Mahabali of Kerala . Hewas an asura ( demon ) king. The people of Kerala were very happy with thisking as he was a wise and just ruler, and there was prosperity all over.King Mahabali performed the Ashwameda yagna .This made Indra very jealous, as this was his prerogative,and nobody had the guts to kill the white Ashwamedha horse of King Mahabali .He prevailed on Aditi, his mother to convince Vishnu tocorrect this imbalance. Vishnu decidedto intervene and took the 5th avatar ofVamana --a blue faced Brahmin mldget ( dw@rf ) .So why is the white horse on a guided tour ? This is the essence of the noble and amazingconcept of Ashwameda .The emperor seeks to check out if any of his val kingswant to challenge his supreme authority— in public .The horse is guided by the Emperor’s generals and chosenministers . They generals follow the white horse on their own horses .The horse with clanging bells is made to travel through theval kingdoms . Any val king can kill the horse and thusdeclare war on the Emperor, which willhappen pretty soon. If he just capturesthe horse, there may be room for negotiation .The horse is even taken to enemy kingdoms, and there is “diplomaticimmunity” for the Emperor’s men not the white horse .Any tough acting intentions are gauged out .When the horse returns safe and sound, it means all iswell-- and the emperor's supreme authority is unchallenged . Andall know it too the POST Ashwamedha yagna all val kings are invited, and thereare celebrations all around , for peaceand prosperity in future. Soldiers go home to their families MODERN TERMS THIS IS LIKE A OPEN "CONFIDENCE "MOTION IN THE PARLIAMENT , BRIMMINGWITH STATESMANSHIP .Punch into Google search-HOLI CELEBRATIONS , IMMORAL ATTACK ON HINDUISM AND INDIANCULTURE VADAKAYIL .Kerala Syrian Christian Arundhati Roy supports Jewess WendyDoniger . Before Independence Jew Rothschild ( owner ofBritish East India Company) allowed Kerala Syrian Christians and MaharashtrainChitpavan brahmins to own media , onlybecause both communities are Jews .BR Ambedkar had a Chitpavan Jew wife .capt ajit vadakayil..
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      ajit
      Feb 14, 2014 at 5:41 am
      --THE COVER OF WENDY DONIGERs BOOK SHOWS A HORSE WITH INDIANQUEENS HAVING AN ORGY .ASHWAMEDHAM IS NOT A HORSE SACRIFICE , AND IT DOES NOT INVOLVE KILLING OR OFWOMEN WITH A DEAD HORSE , AS PER THE WHITE INVADERS PROPAA , EVEN IN WIKIPEDIA .ashwamedham is a ritual which the king uses a white horse asa litmus test, to establish long lasting peace , and to send his war wearysoldiers back home to their families .A spirited horse is chosen , with white fur and noblemishes . A yagna ( Agnihotra homam )is held BEFORE the horse sets out on a guided tour .Ashwamedha yagna cannot be held by a mortal. It is held by the king of Gods Indra. It can only be done by a mortal king if he iscommanded to do it by an avatar of Vishnu .This tradition was broken by King Mahabali of Kerala . Hewas an asura ( demon ) king. The people of Kerala were very happy with thisking as he was a wise and just ruler, and there was prosperity all over.King Mahabali performed the Ashwameda yagna .This made Indra very jealous, as this was his prerogative,and nobody had the guts to kill the white Ashwamedha horse of King Mahabali .He prevailed on Aditi, his mother to convince Vishnu tocorrect this imbalance. Vishnu decidedto intervene and took the 5th avatar ofVamana --a blue faced Brahmin mldget ( dw@rf ) .So why is the white horse on a guided tour ? This is the essence of the noble and amazingconcept of Ashwameda .The emperor seeks to check out if any of his val kingswant to challenge his supreme authority— in public .The horse is guided by the Emperor’s generals and chosenministers . They generals follow the white horse on their own horses .The horse with clanging bells is made to travel through theval kingdoms . Any val king can kill the horse and thusdeclare war on the Emperor, which willhappen pretty soon. If he just capturesthe horse, there may be room for negotiation .The horse is even taken to enemy kingdoms, and there is “diplomaticimmunity” for the Emperor’s men not the white horse .Any tough acting intentions are gauged out .When the horse returns safe and sound, it means all iswell-- and the emperor's supreme authority is unchallenged . Andall know it too the POST Ashwamedha yagna all val kings are invited, and thereare celebrations all around , for peaceand prosperity in future. Soldiers go home to their families MODERN TERMS THIS IS LIKE A OPEN "CONFIDENCE "MOTION IN THE PARLIAMENT , BRIMMINGWITH STATESMANSHIP .Punch into Google search-HOLI CELEBRATIONS , IMMORAL ATTACK ON HINDUISM AND INDIANCULTURE VADAKAYIL .Kerala Syrian Christian Arundhati Roy supports Jewess WendyDoniger . Before Independence Jew Rothschild ( owner ofBritish East India Company) allowed Kerala Syrian Christians and MaharashtrainChitpavan brahmins to own media , onlybecause both communities are Jews .BR Ambedkar had a Chitpavan Jew wife .capt ajit vadakayil..
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        Anil Bharali
        Feb 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm
        The corrupt and anti people media is making useless and stupid behavior of MP in parliament a big news. Shame !!
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          Anil Bharali
          Feb 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm
          The corrupt and anti people media is making useless and stupid behavior of MP in parliament a big news. Shame !!
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            Anil Bharali
            Feb 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm
            The corrupt and anti people media is making useless and stupid behavior of MP in parliament a big news. Shame !!
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              AYUSH7
              Feb 14, 2014 at 7:04 am
              IF TELANGANA IS NOT GIVEN NOW THEN IT WOULD CONTINUE TO HAUNT OTHER RULING PARTIES IN THE FUTURE...SAME PROTESTS, SAME BANDH'S, SAME SHAMELESS ACTS OF MP'S, SAME GUNDAY'S SAME WASTE OF TAX PAYER'S MONEY, SAME, SAME, SAME....SO, IT IS BETTER TO GRANT TELANGANA STATEHOOD NOW & MOVE ON WITH DEVELOPMENT OF THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. ENOUGH OF STATUS QUO!!! TAKE AN ACTION CONGRESS & YOU WILL WIN THE 2014 ELECTION!!!
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                AYUSH7
                Feb 14, 2014 at 7:04 am
                IF TELANGANA IS NOT GIVEN NOW THEN IT WOULD CONTINUE TO HAUNT OTHER RULING PARTIES IN THE FUTURE...SAME PROTESTS, SAME BANDH'S, SAME SHAMELESS ACTS OF MP'S, SAME GUNDAY'S SAME WASTE OF TAX PAYER'S MONEY, SAME, SAME, SAME....SO, IT IS BETTER TO GRANT TELANGANA STATEHOOD NOW & MOVE ON WITH DEVELOPMENT OF THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. ENOUGH OF STATUS QUO!!! TAKE AN ACTION CONGRESS & YOU WILL WIN THE 2014 ELECTION!!!
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                  Amit Sood
                  Feb 14, 2014 at 9:50 am
                  The positive aspect of this drama is that he has innovated a new method of self defence.
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                    KAmarnathr KR
                    Feb 14, 2014 at 7:30 am
                    pakka rowdy
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                      KAmarnathr KR
                      Feb 14, 2014 at 7:30 am
                      pakka rowdy
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                        kvl
                        Feb 15, 2014 at 4:41 am
                        Rajgopal is saying pepper spray is for self defence and while helping another colleague attacked by members.now nobody asking why Rajbabbar and others beat and thrashed the AP members.what right they have to pin down the members of the house? did they thrash Rajbabbar?
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                          kvl
                          Feb 15, 2014 at 4:41 am
                          Rajgopal is saying pepper spray is for self defence and while helping another colleague attacked by members.now nobody asking why Rajbabbar and others beat and thrashed the AP members.what right they have to pin down the members of the house? did they thrash Rajbabbar?
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                            Ramsubba Ramakrishnan
                            Feb 14, 2014 at 8:23 am
                            The incidents in the lok sabha disgraceful no doubt is the direct result of mis governance and cynical narrow political consideration of the UPA and its corrupt leadership watched by an impotant PM.One should understand that MPS were driven to desperation by a stupid and insensitive leadership who tried to force a decision for electoral gains not realising that they they are dealing with the sentiments and feelings of a large people,The country has invited itself to this pitiable stage when leadership was handed over to a foreign lady without any knowledge of the country's ethos and congress men who were syncophants for the present mess when unity and democracy is in peril
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                              Ramsubba Ramakrishnan
                              Feb 14, 2014 at 8:23 am
                              The incidents in the lok sabha disgraceful no doubt is the direct result of mis governance and cynical narrow political consideration of the UPA and its corrupt leadership watched by an impotant PM.One should understand that MPS were driven to desperation by a stupid and insensitive leadership who tried to force a decision for electoral gains not realising that they they are dealing with the sentiments and feelings of a large people,The country has invited itself to this pitiable stage when leadership was handed over to a foreign lady without any knowledge of the country's ethos and congress men who were syncophants for the present mess when unity and democracy is in peril
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                                Guestu
                                Feb 15, 2014 at 12:30 am
                                Lagadpati is doing all this drama to protect his investments in Hyderabad. He need not worry since a 'friendly' Governor, is in charge of security for the next 10 years
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                                  Guestu
                                  Feb 15, 2014 at 12:30 am
                                  Lagadpati is doing all this drama to protect his investments in Hyderabad. He need not worry since a 'friendly' Governor, is in charge of security for the next 10 years
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                                    rama
                                    Feb 14, 2014 at 7:00 am
                                    It's not enough for Sonia i..:(
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                                      AP
                                      Feb 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm
                                      All said and done RAJAGOPAL is a hero to opressed mes who defy authoritarian regimes, be it a military dictatorship or a crony democracy like one headed by an unlettered foreign woman
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                                        AP
                                        Feb 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm
                                        All said and done RAJAGOPAL is a hero to opressed mes who defy authoritarian regimes, be it a military dictatorship or a crony democracy like one headed by an unlettered foreign woman
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                                          AP
                                          Feb 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm
                                          All said and done RAJAGOPAL is a hero to opressed mes who defy authoritarian regimes, be it a military dictatorship or a crony democracy like one headed by an unlettered foreign woman
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                                            lookman
                                            Feb 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm
                                            the khangress is safe in the hands of Abhishek manu singhavi and rajagopal.
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