Jagan Makes Silpa To Quit MLC, Dares TDP
Nandyala: The Primepost was the first news media to report that YSR Congress Chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy would insist on Silpa Chakrapani Reddy to quit the MLC post before joining the YSR Congress.
Now, the news is proved correct with Chakrapani Reddy signing the resignation letter in the speaker format and handing it over to Jagan Mohan Reddy in the full view of the public before joining the party.
Chakrapani Reddy said he was quitting the MLC post in just 90 days after his election and dared the TDP leaders to make the MLAs and others to follow suit.
Jagan, while promising to give the local body MLC seat to Chakrapani Reddy himself, said he had set a model by seeking resignation of the leaders for the posts that they are holding if they wanted to join the YSR Congress. Jagan made a similar decision before 2014 when he launched the party. He made 18 MLAs to quit and seek fresh mandate when they joined his party. He saw to it that most of them were re-elected. Now, while admitting one MLC, he followed it.
The resignation of Chakrapani Reddy sent jitters among the leaders in the two Telugu States, where the MPs, MLAs and MLCs have switched loyalties to other parties holding the posts. Both the TRS in Telangana and the TDP in Andhra Pradesh have encouraged the legislators to cross the fence without losing their posts. The turncoats have been made ministers by the two ruling parties in both the states.
Though there are cases pending in the courts on this and debates over unethical practice of taking the defected MLAs into the cabinets, the ruling parties in the two states have been bulldozing the issue. But the resignation of Chakrapani Reddy had now brought the issue to the forefront pointing a finger at the turncoats to take the challenge.
It is now to be seen how the two ruling parties would act and the turncoats would react to the decision or a model set by Jagan Mohan Reddy in admitting leaders from other parties.