PNS | Tirupati
Tourism Minister R K Roja has taken a strong stance against the defamatory remarks made by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) senior leader and former minister Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy. She has announced her decision to pursue legal action against him for his offensive comments.
Addressing a press conference held on Tuesday, Minister Roja highlighted the efforts made by the Central government to provide 33% reservations for women, encouraging their active participation in politics. However, she expressed deep concern that leaders like Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy are hindering women’s entry into politics with their derogatory and malicious statements.
Minister Roja lamented that such baseless allegations and offensive remarks could deter women from pursuing a career in politics. She pointed out that during her ten-year tenure in the TDP, such comments were never made by the party’s leadership.
Furthermore, Minister Roja strongly objected to TDP leaders’ condemnation of the arrest of Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy, asserting that the arrest was welcomed by women across the state who were appalled by his vulgar comments. She said that although they have exhibited patience thus far, they will respond appropriately to any objectionable remarks made by TDP leaders in the future.
Minister Roja criticised Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy for resorting to character assassination through his degrading remarks, particularly regarding her background as a film actor turned politician. She also found fault with Nara Lokesh, another TDP leader, for condemning Bandaru’s arrest.
Highlighting past instances of derogatory treatment, Minister Roja recounted how TDP leaders had previously labeled her as an ‘iron leg’ and maliciously campaigned against her, falsely accusing her of acting in ‘pornographic’ films. She said that these actions reflect a lack of respect for women within the TDP.