Touching PM's feet low-level politics: TDP

Telugu Desam Party MP C.M. Ramesh and YSR Congress Party MP Vijayasai Reddy on Tuesday engaged in a fierce wordy duel outside Parliament over the latter’s alleged gesture of touching the feet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Seething in anger, Mr. Ramesh accused Mr. Reddy of consigning to flames the self-respect of five crore Telugu people by his “act of prostrating before the Prime Minister when the Rajya Sabha was in session. He has watered down our series of protests. On the one hand, his party talks about moving a no-confidence motion against the BJP government and claim that their MPs will resign from Parliament and on the other, they prostrate; why would the government heed to our demands?” he rued.

Mr. Reddy denied the charge and said in fact it was TDP leader Y.S. Chowdary who had greeted Mr. Modi before him and interacted with him. Is it wrong to greet the Prime Minister in an Indian way, he asked. He said let the Rajya Sabha Chairman run the footage of the proceedings so that people could decide who was resorting to “politics of appeasement.”

Naidu targeted

Mr. Ramesh stuck to his claim that the entire national and regional media had watched Mr. Reddy touching the feet of Mr. Modi. He challenged Mr. Reddy to resign saying he was ready to produce evidence. MPs from Machilipatnam and Rajamahendravaram K. Narayana and Murali Mohan respectively joined Mr. Ramesh in condemning the YSRCP’s “low-level politics”.

Mr. Reddy returned the fire by targeting TDP president Chandrababu Naidu. He said Mr. Naidu had ‘deceived’ people of the State and that’s precisely why the YSRCP had stayed away from the all-party meeting. He said Mr. Naidu and most of his Ministers and MLAs were involved in cases.

He targeted former Union Minister and MP Y.S. Chowdary alleging that he had duped many banks.

Mr. Chowdary denied the charge wondering whether taking loan was a crime.

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