HYDERABAD: In order to corner his party MLAs who defected to the TDP, YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has decided to go with his earlier decision to move a no-trust motion against Assembly Speaker K Sivaprasada Rao during the budget session of the Assembly scheduled to begin on March 5.
According to party sources, by doing so, the YSRC chief wants to issue a whip to all YSRC MLAs to vote for the no-trust motion. If the defected legislators violate the whip, they would lose their membership of the House, facilitating a bypoll to their segments.
Against the backdrop of ruling TDP’s relentless efforts to woo some more MLAs from his party, Jagan held meetings with his party legislators and senior leaders at his Lotus Pond residence here for the second consecutive day on Saturday and formulated a strategy to counter the ruling TDP’s moves.
Sources said the YSRC chief constituted a panel with senior leaders to find out the MLAs who are likely to defect to the TDP and hold negotiations with them to make them remain in the party. Jagan also asked the YSRC MLAs, whose names are doing the rounds in media as likely defectors to the TDP, to issue statements dismissing such reports.
Accordingly, Bapatla MLA Kona Raghupathi, Guntur East MLA Mustafa and Rajam legislator Kambala Jogulu issued separate statements saying they were being lured by the TDP to shift their loyalties but they would not leave the YSRC.
After the meeting, party spokesperson Ambati Rambabu said, “We have decided to move a no-trust motion against the Speaker. In this regard we will issue a whip to all the MLAs elected on our party symbol. This will force the defected members to face bypolls.”