"As the CM himself called me an MLA, I demand that all provisions due to me be restored immediately," Reddy demanded.

Telangana CM refers to expelled Cong legislator as MLA latter seeks privileges back
news Politics Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 08:05

Expelled Congress MLA Komatireddy Venkata Reddy on Wednesday sarcastically expressed gratitude that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had recognised him as a legislator while extending birthday wishes to him in a letter. 

Pointing out that the letter addresses him as the 'Nalgonda MLA', Reddy asked KCR why his protocol and security were not restored if he was recognised as a legislator by the Chief Minister. 

“The CM greeted me today by sending a letter. In that letter, he called me an MLA. Even though the High Court annulled expulsion of SA Sampath Kumar and myself from the Assembly and directed the Assembly authorities and the state government to restore our membership of the House, so far no decision has been taken by the government in that regard. As today the CM himself called me an MLA, I demand that all provisions due to me be restored immediately considering me as a legislator,” Reddy told reporters at his residence in Hyderabad.

Earlier this year, offering relief to two Congress legislators expelled from the Telangana Assembly, the Hyderabad High Court restored their membership and directed the state government to do the same. However, TRS leaders had challenged the decision in court. 

Earlier, the HC directed the Election Commission not to issue poll schedule for bye-elections in their constituencies for six months.

Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and SA Sampath Kumar had approached the court challenging their suspension from the House and also a gazette issued by the Legislature Secretary notifying vacancy for Nalgonda and Alampur (SC) Assembly constituencies.

The court then directed the Legislature Secretary to produce video footage of the incidents that took place during Governor ESL Narasimhan's address to the joint session of Assembly and Legislative Council on March 12.

The opposition Congress members tried to disrupt the Governor's address on the first day of the budget session of the state legislature. Amid the ruckus, the Congress members threw headphones, injuring Council Chairman K. Swami Goud in his eye.

The next day, the Assembly passed a resolution expelling two Congress members and suspending 11 others for the rest of the session.

Venkata Reddy, along with another Congress MLA Sampath Kumar, were the two members who were expelled. 

 

IANS inputs

 

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