Lagadapati Rajagopal (born 1964) is an industrialist and former politician. He was the 15th Lok Sabha MP from the Vijaywada constituency for Indian National Congress. He resigned from Parliament and quit politics after the Telangana Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha. Rajagopal is the principal shareholder of Lanco Infratech.
|Member of Parliament for Vijayawada|
22 May 2004 – 19 February 2014
|Preceded by||Gadde Ramamohan|
|Succeeded by||Kesineni Srinivas|
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Spouse(s)||Padma Sri Lagadapati|
|Parents||Lagadapati Ramanaidu |
|Alma mater||V R Siddhartha Engineering College|
Loyola Public School, Guntur
He married the daughter of politician Parvathaneni Upendra. He started two companies, one in the pig iron business and one in the power industry.
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. He has been a prominent anti-Telangana voice. His company's headquarters have been moved to Delhi because the Hyderabad offices were deemed to be targets because of his anti-Telangana positions.
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". He was suspended from Parliament by speaker Meira Kumar, along with 4 other MPs. Sharad Yadav, Janata Dal (United)'s President, called the actions "sedition". Protests against his actions included burning Rajagopal in effigy, and a boycott by lawyers in Warangal district.
He tendered his resignation from Parliament in February 2014.
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
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- "AP Congress MP L Rajagopal resigns over Telangana decision". Ibnlive.in.com. 21 October 2013. Archived from the original on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
- "Lanco Infratech Limited". Lancogroup.com. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
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- "Regret pepper spray incident, says Lagadapati Rajagopal, continues to attack Cong". Deccan Chronicle. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
- "Government influenced the Speaker to suspend select MPs: Rajagopal-Lok Sabha Elections News - IBNLive Mobile". M.ibnlive.com. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
- "Pepper spray leaves Lok Sabha - and nation - in tears". Business Standard. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- "Widespread protests against 'pepper attack'". Hindu. Retrieved 17 February 2014.