Perhaps for the first time, MLC and former minister Nara Lokesh stalled the proceedings of the Legislative Council on Thursday over Education Minister Nandigam Suresh’s comments against him. Lokesh was seen standing all through the session for more than an hour insisting on the Minister to apologise for the remarks or prove them. He did not accept when the Minister said that the enquiry is on to prove the charges and asked the former minister to wait till then. He insisted that either the minister prove his charge on the floor or tender apology.
It all started with the Minister replying to a question on the misuse of funds in the AP State Council for Higher Education. The Minister said that funds were misused in some form or the other and also alleged that two ministers have misused the funds in the name of foreign tours and this is being investigated. At this point TDP MLCs wanted the minister to name the two ministers who, according to him have misused the funds as there were about six of them who were ministers in the previous government. As they continued to protest, the Minister said that the minister for HRD and minister for IT in the previous government are guilty of misusing funds. He also said that over Rs 480 crore were also diverted from the educational institutions to the government’s pet programme of Pasupu-Kumkuma.
On this, Lokesh stood on his legs and dared the minister to prove the charges. He did not calm down though the minister said that the enquiry is in progress and would table the report and wanted the minister to prove it on the floor. As the Council was in disorder even after one hour and it could not take the business anymore, chairman M A Shariff adjourned the house