The Telangana Assembly Speaker S. Madhusudana Chary on Thursday issued notices to TDP MLAs who had declared themselves as TRS legislators, they having joined the ruling party.
The notices were in response to a petition filed by TD MLA A. Revanth Reddy seeking disqualification of these five MLAs’ membership on the grounds of defection.
Earlier, TD MLAs Errabelli Dayakar Rao, T. Prakash Goud, G. Sayanna, K.P. Vivekananda Goud and S. Rajender Reddy had recently switched sides and joined the TRS in presence of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.
The five MLAs were asked to file their replies within one week. Mr Revanth Reddy’s petition was attached as an annexure to the notices. However the issuance of fresh notices to these five MLAs is being seen only as routine affair.
During the last 21 months, Mr Chary had earlier issued similar notices to five TD, four Congress and two YSR Congress MLAs who had joined the ruling TRS.
According to sources, all the MLAs who received Mr Chary’s notices requested the Speaker to give them more time to respond. Accordingly, the Speaker granted their request.
Apart from this, there has been no progress as far as the process of conducting enquiry on the disqualification petitions or hearing the arguments of the two sides. “Since there is a separate set of petitions filed against the recent entrants into the TRS, the notices were issued as a formality,” said a source.
TS Speaker issues Notices to TDP MLAs