The YSR Congress Party was quiet and the mood at its office was gloomy after 16 Congress MLAs supporting Y S Jaganmohan Reddy were disqualified Friday night.
None of the disqualified MLAs spoke to mediapersons while Jaganmohan,whom the Congress MLAs openly supported,chose to keep away. The 16 disqualified Congress MLAs had voted against the Congress government during a no-trust motion in December 2011.
With the Election Commission already announcing bypolls in seven constituencies on March 18,caused due to resignations for Telangana,by-elections for these 17 constituencies will be held only after a couple of months but the MLAs are not in a position to face elections. While the Congress will deploy all its resources to defeat them,the TDP has also emerged as a strong player in many of the seats.
With Jaganmohan facing CBI probe for allegedly amassing wealth illegally,and many of his top aides already arrested by CBI,these MLAs are no longer confident he can ensure their win.
The disqualification brings down Congress strength from 154 to 137 in a House of 294 but does not threaten the Congress government as seven members of PRP and seven of MIM support it.