Senior YSRC leader Dokka Manikyavaraprasad (extreme right) files his papers for by-election in the council.

AMARAVATI: Former minister Dokka Manikyavaraprasad is likely to make a re-entry into Andhra Pradesh legislative council as he filed papers for the by-election as a YSRC nominee on Thursday. The polling for the by-election will be held on July 6.
Since TDP is not fielding any candidate, Dokka is likely to be declared victorious uncontested. He is entering the council when the fate of the Upper House itself is hanging in balance.
Interestingly, the by-election was necessitated following the resignation of Dokka himself. He, however, quit the Upper House in January as TDP member following differences with the party supremo Chandrababu Naidu particularly about stalling the business in the council without valid reasons. He abstained from the voting in the council on decentralization and CRDA repeal bills during the January session and subsequently resigned from the council as well as TDP. He later joined YSRC.
Dokka, an ideologue of Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) and dalit rights activist, had served as minister in the cabinets headed by YSR, Rosaiah and Kiran Kumar Reddy in Congress and served as MLC from TDP. Now, he is entering the council as YSRC member.
Curiously, the state assembly has passed unanimous resolution seeking abolition of the legislative council during the same session and sent it to the Centre for its nod. Since parliament is yet to take up the Bill to abolish the legislative council, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had issued notification for the conduct of the by-election.
YSRC is set to win the seat without contest a TDP is not fielding the candidate due to its poor strength in the assembly. The seat is being filled through MLA quota. As per the original term, Dokka once elected will remain as member till March, 2023. It is however not clear as to when the parliament will take up the request of the AP assembly to abolish the council.
“I have joined YSRC to be part of chief minister YS Jagan’s welfare agenda. I thank my leader for giving another opportunity to serve the people,” said Dokka after filing papers. YSRC chief whip in the council Ummareddi Venkateswarlu, chief whip in assembly Gadikota Srikanth Reddy, legislators from Guntur district Ambati Rambabu, V Sridevi, Mustafa and MP Nandigam Suresh were also present.

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