The Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar disqualified 16 Congress MLAs from their membership of the House and accepted the resignation of Sobha Nagireddy of the Praja Rajyam.
All the disqualified MLAs are loyalists of Kadapa MP Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and had violated the party whip and voted in favour of the No-Confidence Motion that was moved by the Telugu Desam on December 5, 2011. The Speaker’s action is in accordance with sections 2(1)(A) and (B) of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution.
By-polls will be held for these17 Assembly seats in one go in 11 districts within six months i.e., before September 2, 2012.