Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee cracked the whip on dissidents on Sunday, barely twenty four hours after AICC state in charge Digvijay Singh left for Delhi and Chief Minister Dr Rajsekhar Reddy left for United States, by suspending four party MLAs and serving show cause notice on another MLA for anti-party activities.
The MLAs who were handed the suspension letter are Naresh Agarwal, Chandrasekhar Reddy, A Prabhakar and K Lakshmaiah Naidu.
Violating party directive in the recent Legislative Council elections. Another MLA and former Minister P Shankar Rao has been slapped with a show cause for his comments against Chief Minister after he did not find place in the cabinet in the recent expansion.
The PCC move, seen as unusually harsh, has surprised Congress circles for only Saturday Digvijay Singh sought to play down the dissidence in the party as “ nothing significant'.
But minutes after Singh left for Delhi, two Congress MLAs, P Janardhan Reddy and Shankar Rao came down heavily on Rajsekhar Reddy for causing heavy erosion of party`s base by his omissions and commissions and wondered whether the party could ever comeback to power in 2009.
They charged that the party had been facing steady erosion of base as evident in the electoral reverses in the municipal and legislative council polls.
“Here we have a government in which the Chief Minister and Ministers sign files without reading the content,” said Shankar Rao, who has resigned his MLA seat.
Two more legislators on Sunday criticized Chief Minister for bulldozing partymen`s views and going ahead with the controversial Pothireddypadu project, to divert Krishna river waters to Rayalaseema violating Bachwatt tribunal award.
M Sashidhar Reddy and P Janardhan Reddy insinuated that the real purpose of diverting the water was to benefit his(Rajsekhar Reddy`s) sons proposed steel plant at Kadapa which would require massive quantities of water for steel-making.