In an expected move, as many as 24 MLAs belonging to the Congress party owing allegiance to YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy decided to resign from their assembly membership in protest against the raids by Central Bureau of Investigation targeting Jagan specifically and naming late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy as a co-conspirator in the Jagan case.
The decision was taken at a crucial meeting of the YSR Congress party emergency meeting at the party office in Jubilee Hills on Sunday.
There was heated discussion over the repercussions of the resignations. While majority of the MLAs like Balineni Srinivasa Reddy and Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose preferred to resign, others were reluctant, but finally they all had to fall in line and decided to put in their papers.
Apart from those who attended the meeting, another six MLAs who were not in town might also resign from their seats. They are expected to send their papers to Speaker Nadendla Manohar by Sunday evening or Monday morning.
According to their strategy, they would resign now and contest again on behalf of the YSR Congress party. If they all win, they can prove that the people did not believe corruption charges against Jagan.
Though the government might not fall immediately because of their resignations, it would definitely send a strong message to the Congress high command that Jagan’s party would only be growing strong.
It would also help divert the public attention from the corruption charges against Jagan.