Congress leaders ask Speaker to sack Talasani

Telangana Congress leaders called on Assembly Speaker S Madhusudan Chary at his residence on Friday demanding immediate disqualification of Commercial Taxes Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav as MLA.

The Congress delegation, comprising of former minister Marri Sashidhar Reddy, MLAs DK Aruna and A Sampath Kumar and MLC MS Prabhakar, told the Speaker that Talasani’s continuation on the posts of both minister and MLA was illegal and an open violation of Anti-Defection Law. They said Talasani has reiterated that he has submitted his resignation as Sanathnagar MLA on December 16, 2014, before taking oath as minister. Therefore, delay in taking decision on his resignation beyond six months was illegal and undemocratic, they said.

Speaking to media persons later, Sashidhar Reddy said that the Speaker would be setting a bad precedent and carry a blot on his career forever, if he fails to act immediately. However, he said that the Speaker’s body language clearly indicated that he was under immense pressure to kept his decision Talasani’s fate in abeyance. (INN)