Eight municipal corporators from the Congress were issued a show-cause notice on Friday after they voted in favour of Ramagundam Mayor Konkati Laxminarayana and Deputy Mayor Sanganti Shanker, in a no-confidence motion that was held on August 2 in Telangana.
The notices, issued by M Kodanda Reddy, who is the Chairman of the Disciplinary Action Committee of TPCC sought an explanation from the eight leaders for their anti-party activities.
“The TPCC Disciplinary Action Committee has received representations from Congress Party functionaries of Ramangundam, Peddapalli district, regarding your anti-party activities. They have also informed that you have defied the party whip and voted in favour of the TRS in the no-confidence motion of Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Ramagundam Municipal Corporation, on August 2, 2018,” the notice stated.
“Hence, you are hereby directed to submit your explanation within a week from the date of this show cause notice failing which it will be construed that you have no explanation to offer and action will be taken against you as per guidelines of the Congress party,” the letter added.
The TRS, which came to power with 63 MLAs in the Legislative Assembly has welcomed defectors from the TDP, Congress and the YSRCP, even giving cabinet seats to some of those who jumped parties.
The Congress and other opposition parties have repeatedly sought the disqualification of elected representatives who jumped parties, but in vain.
"Instead of setting new standards of morals and ethics in the new state of Telangana, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has set a wrong precedent. He engineered 47 defections - 4 MPs, 25 MLAs and 18 MLCs - during his 24-month rule," Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir told the House in 2016.
Defectors from TDP, who switched over to the TRS, even wrote to the Speaker in 2016, asking that their names be shown in the list of TRS Legislature Party in the Telangana Legislative Assembly