YSR Congress party has decided to continue the boycott of the Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly beginning on March 5 as was announced in the past in protest against the lack of action against the MLAs who had defected to the ruling Telugu Desam Party.
However, the MLAs would be coming to the assembly only for a day when the party nominee for Rajya Sabha Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy files his nomination papers and if the elections are necessary in case the TDP field a third candidate, they would come to the assembly premises again on the day of polling.
YSRC president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy declared on Saturday that the party would keep away from Assembly sessions until action was taken by disqualifying the turncoats as it would be a mockery of democracy to see those elected on one party ticket sitting in the other cluster and some of them getting cabinet berths and prepare themselves to answer questions.
“We demand that the 22 legislators and 3 MPs who crossed over should resign to upkeep the value system of the democracy,” he said.
The YSRC is apprehensive that the TDP might play every trick to lure some of its MLAs into the TDP just before the Rajya Sabha elections so as to defeat its RS nominee.
If the MLAs go to the assembly regularly, there is a possibility that the TDP might have the chance of wooing some of them. So, they would keep away from the budget sessions.
If necessary, Jagan is planning to hold a camp for his party MLAs to keep the flock together. At the same time, he is trying to appease them by praising their loyalty.
“I know what sorts of allurements the TDP is using. But I am glad that our party MLAs are not yielding to them. Hats of their commitment and loyalty,” Jagan said.