Lagadapati Rajagopal

Lagadapati Rajagopal (born 1964)[1] is an industrialist and former[2] politician. He was the 15th Lok Sabha MP from the Vijaywada constituency for Indian National Congress.[3][4] He resigned from Parliament and quit politics after the Telangana Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha.[2] Rajagopal is the principal shareholder of Lanco Infratech.[5][6]

Lagadapati Rajagopal
Member of Parliament for Vijayawada
In office
22 May 2004 – 19 February 2014
Preceded byGadde Ramamohan
Succeeded byKesineni Srinivas
Personal details
Nellore, india
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Padma Sri Lagadapati
Children2 sons
ParentsLagadapati Ramanaidu
Lagadapati Ramalakshmamma
Alma materV R Siddhartha Engineering College
Loyola Public School, Guntur


He is the son of L. Ramalakshmamma and L.V. Rama Naidu,[7] a contractor.[1] He went into the family business after attending V R Siddhartha Engineering College, where he was suspended for 1 year.[1]

He married the daughter of politician Parvathaneni Upendra. He started two companies, one in the pig iron business and one in the power industry.[1]

In 2004, he ran for office in the Vijayawada district, the seat previously held by Father-in-law Upendra, and became a member of Parliament.[1] He has been a prominent anti-Telangana voice.[1] His company's headquarters have been moved to Delhi because the Hyderabad offices were deemed to be targets because of his anti-Telangana positions.[1]

On 13 February 2014, during a discussion of the Telangana Bill, L Rajagopal used pepper spray while on the floor which caused all the members of Parliament to vacate the building. He stated this was in "self-defence...I used the spray when I saw a colleague from a different party being manhandled".[8] He was suspended from Parliament by speaker Meira Kumar,[9] along with 4 other MPs.[10] Sharad Yadav, Janata Dal (United)'s President, called the actions "sedition".[10] Protests against his actions included burning Rajagopal in effigy, and a boycott by lawyers in Warangal district.[11]

He tendered his resignation from Parliament in February 2014.[2]

Committee positionsEdit

While in Parliament, he has been on the following Committees:

  • Committee on Urban Development
  • Committee on Provision of Computers to Member of Lok Sabha, Offices of Political Parties and Officers of Lok Sabha Secretariat
  • Committee on External Affairs
  • Committee on Public Undertakings
  • Committee on Home Affairs
  • Consultative Committee for External Affairs
  • Committee on Public Undertakings


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kingshuk Nag (14 February 2014). "Lagadapati Rajagopal 'has no control over his temper' -". Indiatimes. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Pepper spray' MP Lagadapati Rajagopal resigns from Lok Sabha'". HindustanTimes. 18 February 2014. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Congress MP Rajagopal to move SC against Telangana". The Hindu. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal attacks Sonia over AP bifurcation issue - Economic Times". 8 February 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  5. ^ "AP Congress MP L Rajagopal resigns over Telangana decision". 21 October 2013. Archived from the original on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Lanco Infratech Limited". Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Detailed Profile - Shri Rajagopal Lagadapati - Members of Parliament (Lok Sabha) - Who's Who - Government: National Portal of India". Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Regret pepper spray incident, says Lagadapati Rajagopal, continues to attack Cong". Deccan Chronicle. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Government influenced the Speaker to suspend select MPs: Rajagopal-Lok Sabha Elections News - IBNLive Mobile". Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Pepper spray leaves Lok Sabha - and nation - in tears". Business Standard. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Widespread protests against 'pepper attack'". Hindu. Retrieved 17 February 2014.

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