ANDHRA PRADESH

Now, row over Telugu Desam’s petition

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Secretary of the Andhra Pradesh Legislature Secretariat, Tuljanand Singh, has made it clear on Tuesday that neither he nor the Assembly Speaker’s office had received any notice from the Telugu Desam Legislature Party (TDLP) seeking action against the party MLA, G. Veera Siva Reddy.

He was responding to the TDLP’s assertion that though it had sent a notice to the Secretary, Legislature, no action was taken against Mr. Siva Reddy for defying party whip and abstaining from voting when the Assembly took up no-confidence motion against Speaker.

But when contacted the TDLP whip, P. Keshav, disputed the Secretary’s contention and said an elaborate 40-page petition was given to him and the Speaker’s office on September 18 and followed up with another one on December 2.

Naidu’s take

At a press conference on Monday, Leader of the Opposition.

N. Chandrababu Naidu too alleged that Speaker K. R. Suresh Reddy had not acted on the party’s petition seeking action against Mr. Siva Reddy for a long time much like he did in the case of rebel TRS MLAs. He also released a letter he wrote to the Speaker on Monday reminding him about the “long overdue action”.

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