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Jagan Firm On Disqualification Of Defectors!

YSR Congress party president and Leader of the Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy does not want to leave eight of his party MLAs who had defected to the ruling Telugu Desam Party so easily. He is hell bent on getting them disqualified.

On Tuesday, Jagan issued whip to all his party MLAs to compulsorily attend the Assembly on March 29 and 30 to participate in the debate on the Appropriation Bill and vote against it.

The passage of Appropriation Bill is as serious as winning the trust motion, as the government will fall if the Bill is lost. This will, however, will not happen because the ruling TDP has majority in the House.

But Jagan’s strategy is something else. By making even the defected MLAs to participate in the debate and vote against the bill, he wants to use the disqualification clause.

If these MLAs defy the whip and either do not participate in the voting or vote against the bill, they would attract the disqualification clause.

One wonders, whether this strategy will work out, because normally Appropriation Bill is passed after the debate through voice vote and it is difficult to identify whether the defected MLAs say “Aye” or “No.”

Jagan may insist on division of vote for the Appropriation Bill, but the Speaker always has the right to reject the same.

In the last two occasions, too, Jagan wanted to use the whip as a weapon to get the defected MLAs by moving no-confidence motions against the government as well as the Speaker. But the government acted cleverly by taking up discussion on the same day, without giving any scope to Jagan to serve whip on the MLAs.



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