Hyderabad, Sept 25 :
The appointment of Mr K Rosaiah as the Chief Minister has been challenged before the Andhra Pradesh High Court here on Friday. A writ petition was filed before the High Court saying that 128 MLAs of the Congress have signed a memorandum supporting the candidature of Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy, the son of Late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, to the chief minister’s post. The petitioner, Mr Bezwada Govinda Reddy, contended that the memorandum was submitted to the Congress High Command and thus Mr Rosaiah does not enjoy the majority support of the House.
The petitioner even appealed to the court to restrain Mr Rosaiah from taking any decisions as “they are not valid since the Chief Minister does not enjoy the support of the House.” Mr Govinda Reddy wanted the Chief Secretary to call for a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meet in order to elect a leader of their choice who will finally take up the reins of the State. He wanted the court to direct the bureaucrats to submit a status report on the administration.
This is the second such writ plea before the High Court. On Tuesday a petition was filed before the court seeking a direction to the Chief Minister, Mr K Rosaiah, to direct the Chief Secretary and summon a special session of the Assembly to prove his majority in the House.
This writ plea was filed by one Mr Adey Ravi, a practising advocate in Guntur district. He urged the court to direct the Chief Minister not to take major decisions till he proves his majority in the House. Pointing out the Supreme Court judgment in Madan Murari Verma versus Chowdari Charan Singh case, the petitioner felt that the courts can exercise their jurisdiction to avoid administrative and Constitutional vacuum and deadlock.
Both the petitions pointed out that Mr Rosaiah was not elected as the Legislative Party leader even though he belongs to the Congress and did not submit the list of MLAs supporting him to the Governor to show his majority.