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TDP's stand on Paritala killing decried Shed negative approach, Naidu told

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Congress legislators display posters criticising the Telugu Desam in the lobby of the Assembly in Hyderabad on Friday. - -- Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

HYDERABAD, FEB. 25. The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has asked the TDP to have a rethink on its "negative attitude" and cooperate with the Chair for the smooth conduct of the House.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, the Minister for Legislative Affairs, K. Rosaiah, termed unfortunate the Leader of the Opposition, N. Chandrababu Naidu's alleged efforts to scuttle discussion on Paritala's killing.

`Wild charges'

The TDP had wasted valuable time of the House since February 14 on the issue by making wild allegations against the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. It was surprising that the TDP was now shying away from discussion on the issue.

Mr. Naidu, who initially insisted on discussing the issue "any number of days," was now objecting to others airing their views. Mr. Naidu could have his way but others too were entitled to their right to speak in the House, he said.

Mr. Rosaiah said the argument put forth by Mr. Naidu that the slain MLA belonged to his party hence he alone be given a chance to speak was ridiculous and contrary to the rules of the legislature.

Recalling the Jubilee Hills car bomb blast in which 26 persons were killed, Mr. Rosaiah asked Mr. Naidu to explain why he refused to order a CBI enquiry into it.

The argument that such an enquiry was not necessary because all those killed belonged to his party was absurd, Mr. Rosaiah said. He also reminded the TDP chief that six of the victims were journalists.

He said the decisions taken at the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting had never been never honoured by the TDP in the House.

Mr. Naidu was trying to impose his will on others ignoring the democratic canons, he said.

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