The Congress may not immediately press for the disqualification of the MLAs who have openly expressed support to former MP Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy.
It is still mulling whether to initiate disciplinary action against the erring MLAs as the moment the party makes such a move, the Congress Government could face trouble over its strength in the Assembly. There are 155 Congress MLAs in the House.
Though the rebel MLAs could attract the provisions of Anti-Defection Law, no communication or letter was received by the Deputy Speaker from the Congress Legislature Party seeking their disqualification.
The Assembly Speaker can, however, initiate suo-motu action taking cognisance of their conduct. But this is most unlikely as the word should come from the Chief Minister himself.
The normal procedure is for the Legislature Party to give a complaint about a member's conduct and demanding his/her disqualification on the grounds of anti-party activity.
Based on the complaint, a notice is served on the member to show-cause why disciplinary action should not be initiated. The member in question can seek extension of time to send the reply.
Officials cited the case of nine TRS MLAs, who were served notices by the then Speaker K. R. Suresh Reddy after their Legislature Party sought their disqualification for proposing the name of an Independent candidate in the Council election. The MLAs were disqualified by the Speaker after hearings that lasted two years.