The Congress has disqualified five of its MLAs for campaigning for Jaganmohan Reddy and his newly formed YSR Congress Party in the byelections to the Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula assembly seats. While Jaganmohan is the candidate for the Lok Sabha seat, his mother Vijayalaxmi is contesting for the assembly seat.
Sources in the Congress said the dossiers (which include video clippings), chronicling the anti-party acts of the MLAs, were ready and would be handed over to deputy speaker Nandendla Manohar either late on Wednesday night or Thursday morning, urging him to disqualify the five from the assembly.
The ground for action against the five was cleared on Tuesday when the deputy speaker issued showcause notice to two TDP MLAs, whose disqualification has been sought by the TDP.
The campaigning by the five Congress legislators – Ch. Adinarayana Reddy (Jammalamadugu), G Srikanth Reddy (Rayachoti), C Amarnath Reddy (Rajampet), Konda Surekha (Parakala) and Balineni Srinivasa Reddy (Ongole) – in favour of Jaganmohan would have adversely impacted the poll outcome.
Though these and a dozen other legislators have been rebelling against the party by joining Jaganmohan’s Odarpu Yatra and subsequently attending his rally at New Delhi, the party was constrained to take action because it could have reduced the Kiran Kumar Reddy government to minority. The situation, however, changed after February 6 when the Praja Rajyam party of actor Chiranjeevi announced its merger with the Congress, bringing its 18 legislators into the Congress fold.
Earlier in the day the CM discussed the issue with his top aides and the Pradesh Congress Committee president D Srinivas.