Lok Sabha speaker accepts resignations of five YSR Congress MPs
A communique from the Speaker’s office in the evening said the resignations of five MPs – Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, Y V Subba Reddy, V Varaprasada Rao , P Mithun Reddy and Y Avinash Reddy -- had been accepted with effect from Wednesday.india Updated: Jun 21, 2018 20:18 IST
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday accepted the resignations of five YSR Congress party lawmakers who resigned from their membership of the lower house of Parliament protesting the denial of special category status to Andhra Pradesh.
A communique from the Speaker’s office in the evening said the resignations of five MPs – Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy from Nellore, Y V Subba Reddy from Ongole, V Varaprasada Rao from Tirupati, P Mithun Reddy from Rajampet and Y Avinash Reddy from Kadapa-- had been accepted with effect from Wednesday.
The five MPs had put in their papers on April 6, the last day of the budget session of the Lok Sabha, which witnessed continuous disruptions by the Andhra MPs demanding special category status. Later, the YSRC MPs met the Speaker twice – first on May 29 and again on June 6, following a call from her.
On both the occasions, Mahajan asked them to reconsider their decision, but they said they were firm on resigning and there was no question of withdrawing the same. During the last meeting, the Speaker asked the MPs to resubmit their resignation letters so as to confirm their decisions to quit the Lok Sabha membership. However, she kept the letters in abeyance and left for a 10-day tour to Latvia and Belarus.
“We proved our sincerity by resigning from our seats. Now, it is up to the Election Commission to take a call on whether it will hold by-elections to the vacant seats or not. We are ready to face the by-elections,” Rajamohan Reddy said.
Another outgoing MP Subba Reddy said the Election Commission should take a quick decision on conducting the by-elections. “We shall discuss the future course of action after discussing with our party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy,” he said.
The ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is yet to comment on the resignations. However, the TDP MP from Chittoor N Sivaprasad said it did not make any difference if the resignations of YSRC MPs were accepted or not, as the chances of by-elections were bleak.
The YSR Congress Party had won eight Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 elections. Two MPs, Butta Renuka from Kurnool and SPY Reddy from Nandyal, defected to the Telugu Desam Party. Another MP, Kothapalli Geetha from Araku, has quit the YSRC, but did not join the TDP. Technically, the YSRC still has representation in the Lok Sabha, as the three MPs did not resign their membership.
First Published: Jun 21, 2018 20:18 IST