Regret pepper spray incident, says expelled Congress MP Rajagopal

Rajagopal demanded suspension of TDP member Venugopal Reddy and Congress MPs who had allegedly 'pounced' on him.

New Delhi | Published:February 14, 2014 3:27 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)

Facing flak over his pepper spray attack in Lok Sabha during introduction of the Telangana Bill, Seemandhra MP L Rajagopal on Friday regretted the act, but maintained that he had done it in self-defence.

“I am not saying what happened in Parliament yesterday was the right thing… Definitely, all of us regret, all of us feel ashamed of what happened,” he said.

Rajagopal was widely condemned for the incident, which saw him being suspended from Lok Sabha by Speaker Meira Kumar.

Appearing to have mellowed down a day after, he, however, defended his act and said he had used the pepper spray to defend one of his parliamentary colleagues, who was being “mandhandled” by political opponents.

Some Lok Sabha members, “at the behest of the Congress leadership”, had tried to “manhandle” MPs from Seemandhra, he said.

“I had to do something in self-defence. I did not want to use tactics like engaging in a fistfight… hence I used the spray when I saw a colleague from a different party being manhandled,” he said.

Rajagopal had on Thursday demanded that the Congress MPs who had allegedly “pounced” on him and TDP member Venugopal Reddy also be suspended.

“I went to rescue Venugopal Reddy when he was targeted by Congress MPs while protesting in the Well of the House. (But) they started attacking me. So, I used the pepper spray in self defence,” Rajagopal had said.

He said he always carries pepper spray as he was “under a great threat from these forces” – a reference to Telangana statehood supporters.

Asked to react to the incident, Rajagopal had yesterday said, “Congress talks about democracy” but is indulging in a blame game “without following any democratic practices”.

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    Hyderabadi
    Feb 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm
    how abt barring sonia i ,chiddu,meira kumar from public life? is she a speaker on confress agent? look at the way she introduced telangana bill.this parlament needs to be dissolved without easting a single minute of tax payers money. and yes why is rajbabbar manhandling andhra mps? let him first split his state into 4. bunch of jokers
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      Hyderabadi
      Feb 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm
      how abt barring sonia i ,chiddu,meira kumar from public life? is she a speaker on confress agent? look at the way she introduced telangana bill.this parlament needs to be dissolved without easting a single minute of tax payers money. and yes why is rajbabbar manhandling andhra mps? let him first split his state into 4. bunch of jokers
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        Hyderabadi
        Feb 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm
        how abt barring sonia i ,chiddu,meira kumar from public life? is she a speaker on confress agent? look at the way she introduced telangana bill.this parlament needs to be dissolved without easting a single minute of tax payers money. and yes why is rajbabbar manhandling andhra mps? let him first split his state into 4. bunch of jokers
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          Modi Govt.
          Feb 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm
          why speaker did not accepted his resignation.he went to court on this.do you know. know the subject before commenting.you seeing reaction not the reason behind the reaction.
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            Modi Govt.
            Feb 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm
            why speaker did not accepted his resignation.he went to court on this.do you know. know the subject before commenting.you seeing reaction not the reason behind the reaction.
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              Contrarian
              Feb 14, 2014 at 6:49 pm
              Lagadapati Rajagopal is new Bhagat Singh!
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              1. C
                Contrarian
                Feb 14, 2014 at 6:49 pm
                Lagadapati Rajagopal is new Bhagat Singh!
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                  Haider
                  Feb 14, 2014 at 10:27 am
                  He must be suspended immediately and barred from contenting elections.
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