HYDERABAD: The three-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly panel headed by Deputy Speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad reportedly upheld the decision taken by the State Assembly suspending the YSRC MLA RK Roja from the House for one year.
It also is understood to have decided to seek more punishment for Roja such as barring her from the House for the rest of her tenure, besides seeking action against some other members of the YSRC such as Kodali Sri Venkateswara Rao alias Nani, Jyothula Nehru and Chevireddy Bhaskara Reddy for their behaviour during the previous session of State Assembly.
The committee, which was set up to go into the behaviour of the legislators during the winter session of the Assembly held during last December, reportedly completed its task of looking into one-year suspension of Roja. The panel comprising Budha Prasad, T Sravan Kumar (TDP), Vishnu Kumar Raju (BJP) and G Srikanth Reddy (YSRC) concluded its deliberations on Friday on the issue.
According to sources, the Deputy Speaker, TDP and BJP members reportedly recommended that appropriate action be initiated against Roja and another Kodali Nani for their behaviour during the previous winter session of the Assembly. They also reportedly sought action against Jyothula Nehru and Chevireddy Bhaskara Reddy for their behaviour during the previous session of State Assembly.
According to sources, TDP member Sravan Kumar accused Roja of lowering the prestige of the House through her behaviour and wanted the panel to extend the suspension of Roja for the rest of the tenure. However, YSRC member Srikant Reddy said that he had opposed the decision.
“The panel has not acceded to the request of the YSRC to find out how the footage of the house proceedings were leaked to the social media. The panel has not made any mention of the names of TDP MLAs who had targeted Opposition leader Jagan in its report,” Srikanth Reddy said.
Once the panel submits its report to Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, the same will be forwarded to the Assembly privileges committee for its scrutiny.