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Rajagopal apologises to MPs for 'hardship' caused by pepper spray attack

Published Feb 21, 2014, 7:03 am IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 9:22 am IST
Seemandhra leader tenders apology to all MPs for the 'hardship' they faced.

New Delhi: Lagadapati Rajagopal, who quit Lok Sabha soon after his pepper spray attack, has tendered an apology to all MPs for the 'hardship' they faced due to his action.

"I sincerely apologise to the hardship caused to you by my action on February 13 in the Lok Sabha. Whatever may be the circumstance and reason, I will not justify my action," Rajagopal said in a letter.


The letter was sent on February 18, the very day he sent his resignation as MP to Speaker Meira Kumar. She accepted the resignation the next day. The expelled Congress leader from Seemandhra, however, said that he was 'glad' that many of his colleague MPs understood the 'cause for unity of Andhra Pradesh'.

"I never used United Andhra Pradesh issue for political gain... Even though I failed to keep the state united, I endeavour to bring peace, harmony and unity among all Telugu people," the 50-year-old industrialist-politician said.


Unprecedented pandemonium had broken out in the House last week when Rajagopal, who was elected from Vijayawada, brought in a canister and sprayed pepper.

All political parties had demanded action against him and the government had said it would not oppose any decision taken by the Speaker.

His resignation came after the Speaker asked the Committee of Privileges of Lok Sabha, which has punitive powers, to go into the incident which she termed as a 'blot' on democracy. He was expelled from Congress along with five MPs from Seemandhra region for moving a non-confidence motion against the UPA government.


Location: Andhra Pradesh