The Congress party, which has been targeting Governor E S L Narasimhan for praising Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his family members, has decided to mount pressure on him to take action against six TRS MLAs, who had violated the Constitution.
On Thursday, Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir and Kodangal MLA A Revanth Reddy submitted a petition to the Governor once again and asked him to refer the cases of six TRS MLAs holding ‘office of profit' to Election commission on the lines of his counterparts in Delhi and Sikkim.
"Six TRS MLAs - D Vinay Bhaskar, Jalagam Venkat Rao, V Srinivas Goud, G Kishore Kumar, V Satish Kumar and Kova Laxmi, who were appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries in Telangana enjoyed salaries and all the benefits of cabinet rank in total violation of the Article 190, 191, 192 and Article 102(1) (a), 103n of the Constitution," he said.
They said the ECI had set aside 20 AAP MLAs of Delhi on similar clauses, Sikkim Governor N Shrinivas Patil has also referred the case of 14 SDF MLAs to the ECI for necessary action.
He said the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries in Telangana was made on December 29, 2014 and although their appointment was stayed by the High Court on May 1, 2015, all the six MLAs continued to enjoy the status of Cabinet Minister, defeating the very purpose of the 91st Amendment.
"It is a backdoor entry and is in willful disobedience of the mandate of law," he said.
Shabbir Ali and Revanth Reddy said that the Governor should refer the petition forthwith to the Election Commission without adopting any dilatory tactics.
The ECI too should conduct an inquiry and disqualify the TRS MLAs who have already incurred disqualification.