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Chiranjeevi's maiden speech in Rajya Sabha puts Centre in irksome situation

February 20, 2014
New Delhi

Union Minister for Tourism K Chiranjeevi who gave his maiden speech in Rajya Sabha on Thursday has put his own government in an embarrassing situation.

The film actor turned politician initially expressed his irk on own government for tabling the AP State Reorganization Bill 2013 that was rejected by the AP State Assembly. He later diverted towards TDP and YSRCP and also held them responsible for the division of the State thus sharing the blame on all equally. He said that the Centre did not discuss Justice Sri Krishna Report that suggested to keep the State united and added that it had the opinion of only the Chief Minister. The Centre was put under severe pressure from BJP and the TRS and the former has convened the CWS to take a final call.

Turning his guns on BJP, he said that it promised Telangana but had gone back on its own word on the issue adding that it initially wanted to stall the Bill by seeking amendments. The allegations were countered by BJP senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu.

Turning his ire on TDP and YSRCP, Chiranjeevi charged that these two parties initially had given consent for division but had gone back for political gains. TDP MP CM Ramesh attempted to counter his claim.

The speech received all-round criticism and reactions from the Opposition parties wondering themselves. BJP senior leader Arun Jaitley even raised a question wanted a ruling from the Chair that a Union Minister can speak against the Government and its resolution on the floor of the House.

The Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien giving his ruling said that the ethics is left to the Union Minister whether to criticise on his own Government or not. He said that it was for the treasury benches to field its members to speak during a discussion and he could not dissuade a member from speaking his mind, said Kurien.

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