Though Congress whip Kondru Murali has submitted petition urging the Speaker Nadendla Manohar to disqualify 16 party MLAs who voted for the no-confidence motion, informed sources say that the process make take a year or even more.
When the TRS petitioned the then Speaker Suresh Reddy to disqualify nine of its MLAs who voted for the Congress nominee in the Legislative Council elections, it took more than a year for the Speaker to complete the hearing on the matter. After 22 sittings and more than a year-and-a-half, Suresh Reddy ruled that out of the nine legislators, the anti-defection law would apply only to three as the remaining MLAs had submitted their resignations and that they had been accepted by them. In the present instance also the process may take more than a year, as the Speaker would have to meet each legislator independently and ascertain their view on the move to disqualify them. The 16 Jagan group MLAs may also argue that they would not attract anti-defection rules as they had already resigned. They might ask the Speaker to accept their resignations.
On the other hand, analysts point out that the Congress would not press zealously for the disqualification because of its own apprehensions on how many seats it would win in case of by-polls.Courtesy:AH