Vijayawada, September 23: The A.P. government is keenly discussing the High Court directions on the turn-coat MLAs who defected from TDP to join TRS, since Anti-Defection Law is same for all states. The 12 MLAs out of the total 15, who won the last general elections on TDP and Congress tickets switched over party and joined the ruling TRS in Telangana.
They gave a letter to the Speaker about merging their party with the TRS. Meanwhile, the remaining TDP MLAs also submitted a letter to the Speaker seeking to disqualify the defected MLAs of the party.
The Speaker announced the merging of TDP into TRS, which was challenged by TDP MLA A Revanth Reddy and sought High Court intervention. The High Court directed the Speaker to take a decision on the disqualification of the MLAs within three months.
In AP also, 21 YSRCP MLAs joined the ruling TDP, which is planning to invite few more leaders. YSRCP submitted a letter to the AP Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad seeking action against the defected MLAs and also filed a petition in the court. But in AP, none requested for the merger of YSRCP into the ruling TDP so far.
In this situation, senior TDP leaders discussed the court directions and its consequences with legal experts. The defection of MLAs is a problem between the parties and has no technical link with either speaker or assembly. But the court can review the speaker's decisions on defections and can give directions also.
But the AP speaker didn?t take any decision on defections till date. After observing the present situation in AP, it was assumed that no decision in this regard would be taken before the next elections.