Hyderabad, June 11 (NSS): The much-anticipated decision for restoring the Assembly membership of the two expelled Congress MLAs — Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and Sampath Kumar — now turning out to be far fetched.
This is amply clear after the crucial meeting between Assembly Speaker C. Madhusudana Chary and CLP leader K Jana Reddy and other Congress legislators today for revoking the expulsion of the two Congress members failed to yield any result. The two Congress MLAs were expelled following an unprecedented ruckus in the Assembly on the opening day of the budget session while the Governor was addressing a joint sitting of the State Legislature and in which the Council Chairman Swamy Goud sustained an eye injury.
When the expelled MLAs moved the High Court terming the action against them was undemocratic and unconstitutional, a single judge and later division bench of the court set aside the Legislature order of expulsion. Though as many as 50 days has elapsed after the first verdict of the High Court came in favour of the expelled Congress MLAs, the TRS government nor the Assembly had acted so far to resolve the issue.
On a representation made by CLP Leader Jana Reddy, who is also the Leader of the Opposition, the Assembly Speaker gave an audience to him. Accordingly, Jana Reddy along with other Congress legislators, including TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy, met the Speaker in his chambers in the Assembly this morning.
The Congress delegation submitted a memorandum to the Speaker highlighting the verdicts of the High Court and appealed to him to forthwith take action in restoring membership of the two expelled MLAs. At one stage during the discussions, there was a fiasco with recently inducted Congress member from TDP Revanth Reddy picked up an argument with the Speaker. Irked by the behaviour of Revanth Reddy, the Speaker threatened to leave in protest forcing Jana Reddy to control his party member.
Jana Reddy, Uttam Kumar Reddy and other senior Congress members tried in vain to impress upon the Speaker to act forthwith and revoke the expulsion and thus save the image of the ruling party and the government. However, the Speaker after hearing arguments of the Congress legislators, made it clear that he was bound by certain rules and legislature practices and hence cannot take any decision forthwith and thus dashed the hopes and expectations of the Congress legislators in getting restored the membership of their two expelled MLAs