Hyderabad: The Congress government in Andhra Pradesh faces a no-confidence vote today that it is likely to sail through, but there were last-minute jitters brought on by the disappointment of actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi’s MLAs in the Assembly.
Chiranjeevi’s 18 MLAs, who were voted in as members of the Paraja Rajyam Party (PRP), which merged with the Congress prior this year. For this session, the PRP is being considered a separate party.
Chiranjeevi, said on Saturday that “Our MLAs are unhappy that the Congress bosses are ignoring them, as though they did not exist and, on the other hand, they were rolling out the red carpet to the MLAs returning from the Jagan-camp.”
Chief Minister Kiran Reddy wants 144 votes to defeat no-confidence motion moved by Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party.
He has 153 Congress MLAs, not including the 18 former PRP members. However, it is significant that they do not rebellion, particularly as there is always the sword hanging of how congressmen loyal to earlier Chief Minister YSR’s son Jagan Mohan Reddy will vote.
One member of the PRP too aligns with Jagan Reddy’s YSR Congress and may vote against the PRP whip. Officially, the YSR Congress has all of one MLA in the Assembly.