Is there any logic behind raking up Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao controversial ‘car and women’ comment when the House is discussing on Agri gold issue. Absolutely there is no logic in it is anybody’s guess.
But the treasury benches raised it, probably at the instance of the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. The main intention of the game plan, it is widely believed, is to divert the attention from the Agri gold scam, in which the senior TDP leaders were allegedly involved. If the ruling party for that the matter the Speaker have any objection over what ‘Sakshi’ TV or news papers reporting, there are other avenues like Press Council of India to complain or the Speaker can file a deflation case against the news papers. Instead taking legally sanctioned avenues, the ruling party used it to silence the Opposition to raise its voice against injustice done to nearly 14 lakh people in Agri Gold scam. In fact, it was not just one media house (Sakshi), even national and international media besides the media houses strongly support TDP rule in the State run stories on the Speaker’s comments in their own way. And by any standards of journalistic ethics, ‘news is sacred and comment is free’. Thus every journalist or a commentator can freely air his or her views on news item that is evidently right and everyone including the Chief Minister and Speaker knows it well. Then why the ruling party rakes up the issue that has no legal sanctity is the question many ask at this point of time. As many political commentators point it, the main purpose of it is to silence the opposition and side tack the main issue, is right to a larger extent. But, it is not the first time that the Chief Minister or his men raised the Speaker’s controversial comments issue which is almost subsided and it is suspected that the Chief Minister wants to keep the issue alive to settle his personal or political scores with the Speaker at an appropriate time. It may be recalled here that the relations between the two are not as good as they appear to a naked eye.