Congress, BJP slam Speaker’s decision

Congress, BJP slam Speaker’s decision
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Congress and BJP have found fault with the Assembly Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary’s decision to consider 12 TDP MLAs, who switched loyalties to TRS, as TRS members and termed it unethical, undemocratic and unconstitutional.

Hyderabad: Congress and BJP have found fault with the Assembly Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary’s decision to consider 12 TDP MLAs, who switched loyalties to TRS, as TRS members and termed it unethical, undemocratic and unconstitutional.

Addressing separate press conferences, the legislature party leaders from both the parties expressed displeasure over the decision of the Speaker. Congress Legislature Party leader K Jana Reddy said that the decision was undemocratic. “How can the Speaker take a decision on a letter given by TDP MLAs on merger and ignore the disqualification petition given by us,” said Jana Reddy.

He said that the decision of the Speaker to recognise TDP MLAs as TRS members was surprising and added that it was against the spirit of democracy, Constitution, moral values and law. He said that the Congress would take legal opinion on the Speaker’s decision and then decide the future course of action.

The CLP leader lashed out at the government for its unilateral decision without taking the opposition into confidence. He said that his party would oppose any move by the ruling party to poach Congress members. He said that there was nothing new in the agreement with Maharashtra as it was done by the earlier Congress government. He said that there was no need for celebrations on inking the agreement.

BJLP leader K Laxman said that his party found fault with the Speaker’s decision. He said defections were making Telangana state to hang its head down in shame. “An MLA before joining any other party should first resign from the party and the post, and then can choose an alternative.

The ruling party is pressurising and luring the MLAs of other political parties,” he said. He said it is surprising to note that that there was no response from the Speaker on the complaint of defections, but there was quick response on the merger issue. “There must be a detailed discussion on these defections by intellectuals and Constitutional experts,” he said.

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