Within 24 hours after the MLA quota MLC elections results were out, the ruling YSRCP high command took stringent action against those MLAs who indulged in cross-voting. Government Advisor (Public Advisor) Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy said that the party high command was convinced that four YSRCP MLAs were involved in cross-voting during the MLC elections. The party disciplinary action committee and party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy after discussing with the key party leaders, were convinced that four ruling party MLAs were involved in cross-voting and were suspended. The suspended MLAs are Anam Ranarayana Reddy, Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy, Undavalli Sridevi, and Mekapati Chandrasekhar Reddy.
Speaking to the media persons from the Assembly media point on Friday, Sajjala officially announced the suspension of four YSRCP MLAs for violation of whip and cross-voting in MLC elections. He said that after verification the party found that these four MLAs were involved in cross-voting during the MLC elections under the MLA quota.
Sajjala further said that Chandrababu Naidu might have bought MLAs. “The party believes that money has changed hands. Chandrababu Naidu is said to have offered Rs 15 crore to Rs 20 crore to each MLA,” Sajjala said and observed that the TDP might have also promised tickets to those who cross-voted. After being convinced that these four MLAs are the black sheep, they were suspended and the official orders pertaining to this will be released.
Sajjala said that as the YSRCP has an adequate number of MLAs, they contested for seven MLC seats, but the TDP fielded their candidate though they do not have the required number of MLAs.
He further said that MLAs who are not performing well in welfare programmes like ‘Gadapa Gadapa Kumana Prabhutvam’ and others, indications were given by CM Jagan Mohan Reddy to a few poor-performing MLAs. However, except for these four MLAs, no one crossed their line, he added.