Is The Suspension Valid?

Sat Mar 25 2023 12:45:25 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)

The MLA quota MLC elections were concluded recently. Telugu Desam Party candidate Panchumarthi Anuradha emerged victorious. While everyone predicted that YSRCP would win all seven seats, TDP won one seat. The YCP's internal investigation found what happened. The leadership found that TDP's candidate won with four MLAs cross-voting. The party decided to suspend them and implemented the same.

What happened as of now was due to internal issues. Will the suspension of four MLAs-Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy, Mekapati Chandra Sekhar Reddy, and Vundavalli Sridevi stand legal is the question here. All the parties should follow the guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India in party affairs. Parties cannot follow one rule.

Now the same discussion is going on about the suspension of the four ruling party MLAs. The rules say that a show-cause notice should be served to the MLA before the suspension. The reason for the suspension should be mentioned in the notice. While highlighting the allegations against the concerned legislator, the party should allow explaining. Time of one week or 15 days should be given to the MLA from the day of receiving the show-cause notice.

The entire procedure should be carried out under the Disciplinary Committee of the party. The party should wait for the response from the MLA. Sometimes the MLAs won't give a reply. Then the party should say it is suspending them. The suspension becomes valid then. The parties cannot simply suspend the legislators for participating in anti-party activities. However, many parties are not following the Disciplinary guidelines. We have to wait and see what happens next if the suspended MLAs move the Court to challenge it.