Disqualify turncoats: YSRCP

We also condemn the film star MLA Balakrishna sitting in the Chief Ministers chair and officiating a review meeting with a cabinet minister and senior bureaucrats in attendance and take objection to the remarks of Governor praising Chief Minister which are not in concord with the high office he holds, party PAC member and spokesperson Ambati Rambabu told reporters here on Thursday.

BJP, which shares power with TDP in Andhra Pradesh has categorically said that turncoats getting a cabinet berth is not a fair democratic practice and they should be dropped and disqualified and can be taken into the cabinet after they are elected on the Party ticket.

BJP leader Vishnukumar Raju has said that if the turncoats are not removed at least to upkeep the sanctity of the Anti Defection Act, legislation should be passed allowing the Chief Minister to take into the cabinet any person of his choice, irrespective of the party affiliation.

The comment of the BJP leader should bring shame on TDP as it shares powers with BJP at the state and Centre. The Vice President and Chairman of Rajya Sabha  M Venkaiah Naidu has made it very clear that turncoats should not be encouraged and the Presiding Officer should take action within three months.

In Andhra Pradesh the Presiding Officer Kodela Siva Prasada Rao was given numerous representations to disqualify the turncoats and our leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had also said that YSR Congress would boycott the Assembly proceedings unless action is taken against the turncoats.

We have escalated the issue to Raj Bhavan but there was no response and we find it surprising to note the remarks of the Governor which tantamount to praising the Chief Minister though the high office is ought to be neutral, he said.

Hindupur MLA Balakrishna sitting in the Chief Minsters chair and holding a review meeting on Lepakshi Festival, which falls under his constituency of Hindupur, is against the democratic norms and the decorum of the highest office and minister Devineni Uma and senior bureaucrats meekly surrendering and allowing the breach of protocol is ridiculous, he said.
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