If the reports from New Delhi are to be believed, the Lok Sabha members who defected from one party to the other in both the Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh, are likely to be disqualified soon.
The privileges committee of the Parliament, which is looking into the disqualification petitions filed by the Opposition parties, is learnt to have come to the conclusion that the defected MPs deserved to be disqualified.
The committee would submit the report to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan during the ongoing winter session of Parliament and she would make an announcement on their disqualification immediately.
From Andhra Pradesh, three YSR Congress party MPs – S P Y Reddy of Nandyal, Kothapalli Geetha of Araku and Butta Renuka of Kurnool – are facing the disqualification for defecting into the ruling Telugu Desam Party.
From Telangana, Congress MP Gutha Sukhender Reddy of Nalgonda and Telugu Desam Party MP Ch Malla Reddy from Malkajgiri, who defected to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi, are in the firing line.
However, except SPY Reddy who officially resigned from the YSRC and joined the TDP, the other two MPs – Geetha and Renuka are playing safe.
Though they shifted their loyalties to the TDP, they did not join the TDP officially and are technically still with the YSRC as they have not resigned from the party.
With regard to Malla Reddy, though a disqualification petition was filed much before, the TDP is not pursuing it now because of its changed equations with the TRS. So, he may come out safely.
However, the Congress party is seriously pursuing the case of Gutha, so he might face the disqualification.
There is another MP who defected in Telangana. He is Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy of Khammam, who defected from YSR Congress party to the TRS. But since YSRC has not filed any disqualification petition, he may also escape disqualification.
If these disqualifications materialise, one can expect by-elections in both the states very soon!