With Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday accepting the resignations of five MPs belonging to YSR Congress party, it has virtually lost its representation in the Lower House.
The five MPs - Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy from Nellore, P Mithun Reddy from Rajampet, V Varaprasad Reddy from Tirupati, Y Avinash Reddy from Kadapa and Y V Subba Reddy from Ongole, will cease to hold the posts once the Speaker officially accepts their resignations which they had submitted on April 6.
Technically speaking, the YSRC still has three MPs left in Lok Sabha- Kurnool MP Butta Renuka, Nandyal MP SPY Reddy and Araku MP Kothapalli Geetha.
Though they quit the party, they did not resign from their MP seats. Renuka and SPY are in TDP, while Geetha's political fate hangs in balance. In LS records, they continue to be YSRC MPs.
While getting their resignations accepted, the YSRC MPs also submitted a petition to the Speaker seeking disqualification of the three MPs.
"They cannot continue as YSRC MPs, as they defected to other party. Since resignation from MP seats is a party decision, they should either resign from their seats or should be disqualified from their membership," the MPs said.