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Lagadapati Rajagopal

Age: 50

Party: Congress (Expelled)

Seat: Vijayawada (Seemandhra)

Education: BTech (Mechanical)

Profession: Industrialist whose personal wealth is put at Rs 299 crore. Family owns Lanco group that deals in power, real estate, IT and infrastructure in Hyderabad which will be the common capital for 10 years and eventually go to Telangana

Family background: Son-in-law of former Union minister and TDP leader P. Upendra

What he did: Used pepper spray in the Lok Sabha. Beat up an MP even after being detained by marshals

His version: I went to rescue TDP MP M. Venugopala Reddy who was targeted by Congress MPs while protesting in the well of the House. I immediately rushed from the other side to protect him. They started attacking me. So immediately as self-defence, I used the pepper spray

Why pepper spray: Pepper spray is a defensive thing, which women are using when they are under attack. Here, I had been under attack. I don’t want to use any lethal weapons. I am a person who never has any security. So I felt that like women are protecting themselves, let me also have something... because I know how these divisive forces (pro-Telangana activists), how they created ruckus on many occasions, so I always carry that in my pocket and I used it the moment they started attacking one of the TDP members.... I had to go and rescue him. When they started attacking me, I used it as self-defence,

His solution: The Congress talks about democracy without following any democratic practices. They should suspend the entire Congress lords who have pounced on us....

Modugula Venugopala Reddy

Party: TDP

Age: 48

Seat: Narasaraopeta (Seemandhra)

Education: Bachelor of engineering

Profession: Contractor.Brother of Ramky group founder Ayodhyarami Reddy. The Modugulas have two big irrigation projects in Telangana

What he did: Threatened others with an object that looked like a knife. Broke the secretary-general’s laptop and shattered a glass pane

His version: They wanted to forcibly introduce the (Telangana) bill. I pulled the mike in front of the secretary- general. It was the only instrument I had in my hand. I have been falsely implicated by Sushil Kumar Shinde and Kamal Nath. They want to kill me politically and physically. The Congress MPs became marshals today.

What about the knife? I was not carrying a knife inside the House. This is a lie being spread by the government. I was holding a mike which may have looked like a knife

Sabbam Hari

Party: Congress (Expelled)

Age: 61

Seat: Anakapalli (Seemandhra)

Education: Commerce graduate

Known as: Uttar Andhra Tiger in Visakhapatnam for his exploits as a student leader. Was mayor of Visakhapatnam and had joined Jaganmohan Reddy before returning to the Congress. Had threatened to commit suicide in Parliament if the bill was passed

What he did: One of the active participants in the fisticuffs that broke out as soon as Rajagopal used the pepper spray

His version: I was defending myself