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Lesson for all leaders? Why YSRCP MP Vijayasai Reddy apologises to Venkaiah Naidu

Like they say, you need to watch your mouth in public. Especially, when you are a leader or political representative or a legislator in this country, it becomes even more important to do so. But, YSR Congress leaders think otherwise. As politicians who have a track record of verbal abuse and using filthy language against any authority, they have set the lowest standards for themselves. 
 
In this backdrop, YSRCP MP Vijaysai Reddy, who had been in prison in corruption cases related to Jagan, has now made despicable remarks that upset Rajya Sabha and its chairman and India’s Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu. 
 
A few days ago, expressing his discontentment towards the Vice-President, Reddy said in the Parliament: “I want these observations to be expunged which you have not done.” Vijay Sai Reddy tried to raise the Point Of Order under Rule No.238 (5) and Rule No.238(3) to which Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said: “It doesn’t fall under Point Of Order. You can write to me. I’ll examine the record and expunge anything that is found objectionable. You are raising the rules but not following the rules. Every member of the house needs to follow the rules.” 
 
Even when Venkaiah Naidu had politely asked Vijay Sai Reddy to sit down, he continued to speak and made allegations against the Chair. Venkaiah Naidu said, “These will not go into the record.” In fact, he accused the Chairman of being biased towards TDP MPs and said that “his heart and soul are with the BJP but his body is with TDP.” 
 
Soon after, Vijayasai Reddy received flak from not only members of the House for accusing the VP of such unnecessary bias but also got admonished by Parliamentary affairs minister, Prahlad Joshi. He told Vijayasai Reddy that the comments made by him on the Vice President were not fair. Reacting to these controversial remarks, Venkaiah Naidu made an extremely emotional statement the next day, stating that it is a “sad day to hear such remarks” from the members of the House. 
 
Following the Chairman’s response, Vijay said Reddy apologised publicly on the floor of the House stating: “I never intended to bring disrepute or make the Chair dysfunctional, Sir. I am no one to make the chairman of Rajya Sabha dysfunctional. Yesterday’s episode was because I was in a state of anguish and therefore, wish to take back my words. I sincerely regret my comments. They were unintended and made on the spur of anguish. I had become emotional and assure you sir that it will not be repeated. I had no intention to hurt the Chair or cast aspirations on the Chair. Thank you Sir.”
 
After Reddy expressed regret, the chairman of Rajya Sabha, Venkaiah Naidu said “the issue is closed.” However, this episode clearly reflects how YSRCP MPs and many other leaders today do not value their public office nor that of the Legislature. It is a shame to see politicians stooping so low to prove a point, by getting personal and hurting the sentiments of other leaders for political reasons. 
 
Let us hope that this will serve as a lesson to all those who can respect others’ viewpoints and still make their views heard, without hurting or making personal remarks. 

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