Deccan Chronicle - - Politics - VUJJINI VAMSHIDHARA | DC

Al­leg­ing that Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil chair­man Swami Goud is be­hav­ing in a par­ti­san man­ner and is­su­ing march­ing or­ders on dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion pe­ti­tions in a pick and choose man­ner upon the in­struc­tions of some­one, the dis­qual­i­fied MLC R. Bhupathi Reddy on Satur­day ap­proached the High Court chal­leng­ing the or­der against him.

Mr Reddy claimed that the grounds of de­fec­tion did not ap­ply to him as he had been unan­i­mously elected as MLC from the Nizam­abad lo­cal au­thor­i­ties con­stituency and not on the TRS sym­bol.

In his pe­ti­tion, he elab­o­rated on the dis­tinc­tion be­tween a per­son be­ing a mem­ber of a party and a per­son get­ting elected on a party sym­bol. As his elec­tion was not based on a party sym­bol, Mr Bhupathi Reddy said, the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion pe­ti­tion filed against him by the TRS whips was li­able to be re­jected

Mr Reddy ques­tioned the va­lid­ity of Para 8 of the 10th Sched­ule of the Con­sti­tu­tion and Rule 7(4) of the Mem­bers of Te­lan­gana Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil (Dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion on Grounds of De­fec­tion) Rules.

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