Hyderabad: After talking tough, the ruling
Congress in Andhra Pradesh remained indecisive on the
disciplinary action to be initiated against the rebel MLAs who
have been openly siding with YSR Congress Party president YS
Though the Congress was expected to submit a petition to
Assembly Deputy Speaker Nandendla Manohar today seeking
disqualification of at least five rebel MLAs, nothing happened
till late Wednesday evening.
The legislators, Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, Konda Surekha
(both former Ministers), A Amarnath Reddy, G Srikanth Reddy
and C Adinarayana Reddy, had been actively campaigning for
Jagan in the by-election to Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency even
as he vehemently attacked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
Taking serious note of this, Andhra Pradesh Congress
Committee President D Srinivas announced that the party would
crack the whip of the errant MLAs.
The Congress high command, too, took a serious view of the
issue and directed the APCC to act tough against the MLAs.
Accordingly, Congress Legislature Party decided to petition
the Assembly Deputy Speaker seeking their disqualification.
Government Chief Whip Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, Whip Kondru
Murali Mohan and other senior leaders discussed the issue for
several hours today. Bhatti and Murali also conferred with the
Deputy Speaker in the evening.
However, they could not decide on whom to crack the whip as
there were several other MLAs who, too, had been openly moving
along with Jagan, who quit the Congress late last year. (more)
Late in the night, Bhatti met Chief Minister N Kiran
Kumar Reddy to discuss the issue and finalise names of MLAs
against whom action has to be initiated.
"We are finalising the names and will soon take a
final call on the issue," a top party leader said.
Meanwhile, pressure is mounting on Praja Rajyam
President K Chiranjeevi to seek disqualification of two MLAs,
B Sobha Nagi Reddy and K Rami Reddy, who have been sailing
For the last few months, Chiranjeevi had been
promising disciplinary action against the two but failed to
act. Now that the Congress is getting ready to act against its
rebel legislators, Chiranjeevi is also under pressure to crack
the whip, PRP sources said.
But the filmstar-turned-politician has not taken a
decision yet in this regard. Incidentally, PRP will be
formally merged with the Congress next month.