Cash-for-vote case: TDP MLA sent to prison

Cash-for-vote case: TDP MLA sent to prison

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislator A Revanth Reddy, arrested for trying to bribe nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson to vote for his party in the Legislative Council polls, was sent to 14-day judicial custody on Monday.

The Special Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Court Magistrate, however, allowed Reddy to exercise his franchise in the Telangana Legislative Council.

Reddy was enthusiastically received by TDP-BJP legislators at the Assembly premises when he walked into his party office before proceeding to the committee hall where polling was under way. Two hours later, the police drove him back to the Cherlapally Central Prison, where he will be kept in a high security cell as per his request. His counsel had told the judge there was grave threat to his life from his political opponents.

Before the polls, the Telangana TDP, in letters to state Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwarlal and the governor, sought its postponement, alleging unethical practices by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to intimidate MLAs.

TDP spokesman Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy said the MLA is innocent. “The Telangana chief minister must explain why he fielded five candidates for the six vacancies, (the TDP and the Congress fielded one each) when the TRS has strength to elect only 4. From where the votes are going to come?” he said.

TRS wins five seats

Meanwhile, all five TRS candidates—Kadiam Srihari, Tummala Nageshwara Rao, B Venkateswarlu, Neti Vidyasagar Rao and K Yadava Reddy—romped to victory in the Legislative Council polls. The Congress’ Akula Lalitha also won.

KCR’s game plan worked well as TRS had strength to win only four MLC seats.

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