YSR Cong seeks Prez intervention to disqualify its defected MLAs

27 Oct 2017

The YSR Congress today sought the President's intervention to get 21 of its legislators, who defected to the ruling Telugu Desam in Andhra Pradesh, disqualified immediately.

In a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, YSRC chief and leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy regretted that no action has been taken against the defectors, in accordance with the Tenth Schedule of Constitution, in the last one-and- half-year despite several petitions filed with the Legislative Council Chairman and the Assembly Speaker. "This is, to say the least, a grave assault on Constitution and democratic spirit. We brought this grave constitutional violation to the notice of all important constitutional institutions but no action has been taken against the defected legislators and, worse, four of them were made ministers in the AP government," Jagan pointed out.

According to him, the YSRC legislature party, at its meeting on Thursday, adopted a resolution deciding not to attend the ensuing session of the state legislature till the 20 MLAs and one MLC, who defected to TDP, were disqualified. "The four defected MLAs who were made ministers should be dropped forthwith as their continuation in the state council of ministers is not only highly unethical but also unconstitutional and a mockery of democracy. "And till such time these demands are met for conduct of assembly in a fair and democratic manner, we see no meaning in attending (the sessions). And worse, if we were to attend the assembly, then this mockery would stand ratified and, hence, we chose to stage this protest," the YSR Congress chief said.