YSRC makes fresh petition seeking disqualification of its 16

, 7:47 PM IST

The lone Opposition YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh today submitted a fresh petition to Legislative Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao seeking disqualification of its 16 MLAs who defected to the ruling Telugu Desam Party in the last couple of months.

YSRC MLAs B Rajendranath Reddy and Y Visweswara Reddy met the Speaker today and submitted a petition against the 16 legislators who crossed over to the TDP between February 22 and April 28.

YSRC had on March 5 filed the first petition seeking disqualification of eight MLAs under the Anti-Defection Act.

Even as action on that petition was pending, eight more MLAs jumped over to the TDP from the YSRC.

Accordingly, the Opposition filed a fresh petition seeking disqualification of all the 16 defectors.

“The defection of MLAs is not only a mockery of democracy but also a slaughter of democracy. The way chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu himself has been luring away our MLAs is immoral and undemocratic,” Rajendranath and Visweswara Reddy told reporters, after meeting the Speaker.