CLP takes exception to Naidu's remarks on Parliament

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Hyderabad, Jul 24 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Congress Legislature Party (CLP) today took strong exception to alleged remarks of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu comparing Parliament with 'fish market'.

Addessing mediapersons here along with MLA E Prathapa Reddy and others, State Finance Minister K Rosaiah said it was wrong on the part of Mr Naidu, who worked as a Chief Minister for nine years, to make such undemocratic remarks against Parliament.

Stating Mr Naidu made such statements in frustration in view of the huge support extended to the UPA Government during the July 22 Trust Vote, he said, Mr Naidu could not digest the congress-led government winning the vote.

Mr Naidu should be punished in Parliament with a privilege motion against him for disrespecting Parliamentary democracy, he added.

He also denied Mr Naidu's allegations that Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had threatened Parliamentarians.

At another press conference, State Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah said the Indo-US nuclear deal was for the welfare of the nation and to meet the future energy needs.

He said it was the responsibility of all political parties to extend their support to the deal as India was on the threshold of becoming a super power in the world.

The Left Parties had committed a ''historical mistake'' by withdrawing support to the UPA Government and trying to dislodge it on the nuclear deal, he claimed.

The BJP only wanted some changes and was not opposed to the deal, the Minister claimed.

He said Mr Naidu was in a frustrated mood as several of his party leaders and workers were leaving the party, opposing his policies.

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