Telangana’s ‘Robot’ speaker row: Eatala Rajender refuses to eat words, suspended | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: BJP MLA Eatala Rajender was on Tuesday suspended from assembly for his alleged objectionable comments against speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy.
The three-day monsoon session ended on Tuesday.
Eatala had called the speaker ‘mara manishi’ (robot) on September 6 while expressing displeasure over BJP not being invited to the business advisory committee (BAC) meeting.
When the House met for the third and last day of the monsoon session on Tuesday, Vinay Bhaskar of ruling TRS raised the issue and demanded an apology from Eatala. Legislative affairs minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy moved a resolution seeking Eatala’s suspension as he did not apologise to the speaker despite repeated requests from the minister and also from the chair to withdraw his comments and offer apology.
Even as Eatala tried to explain stating that the speaker is like his father, ruling party members started demanding that he be expelled from the House for ‘disrespecting’ the chair.
The speaker said he was requesting Eatala as ‘his son’ to go by the mood of the House and tender an apology.
Government targeting me deliberately: Eatala
We want Eatala to remain in the House and participate in the discussions. But during the budget session also, the BJP members intentionally got themselves suspended from the House as they wanted to stay away and make allegations outside,” the minister alleged. Prashanth Reddy said Eatala refused to apologise despite being urged five times by him and four times by the speaker.
Also, the minister sought to remind the House that Eatala, while giving a clarification on his comments against the speaker, had publicly defended it. With the BJP legislator not apologising, the minister moved the resolution for his suspension and it was passed by a voice vote. Subsequently, the speaker asked Eatala to leave the House. Later, Eatala told reporters that the government was intentionally targeting him and not allowing him to participate in the discussions.

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