Telangana

In Telangana, 4 Congress MLCs seek merger of their legislative party with TRSLP

Four Congress MLCs submitting a letter to Legislative Council chairman to treat merger of Congress with TRS in the Council.

Four Congress MLCs submitting a letter to Legislative Council chairman to treat merger of Congress with TRS in the Council.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Four Congress Members of the Legislative Council (MLCs) in Telangana — Akula Lalitha, K Damodar Reddy, Santosh Kumar and MS Prabhakar — met House Chairman, T. Swami Goud on Friday morning and submitted a letter seeking the merger of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) in the Council with the TRS Legislative Party.

Mr Prabhakar joined the TRS four years ago and Mr Reddy joined the TRS a couple of months before the elections. Ms Lalitha and Mr. Kumar are yet to join the TRS though they met its supremo and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Thursday night and greeted him. Interestingly, Ms Lalitha contested in the recent Assembly elections and lost to the TRS candidate.

The Congress described it as death of democracy. Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president, N Uttam Kumar Reddy and Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in the Council Mohd Ali Shabbier said the party had complained to the Chairman long ago seeking the disqualication of Mr. Prabhakar and Mr. Reddy for joining the TRS after they were elected from the Congress.

''The Chairman has been sitting on our complaint for a few years without taking any action. And he now seems to be more interested in announcing the merger,'' they said.

Totally unconstitutional, say Congress leaders

The leaders also dismissed the right of the four MLCs to conduct a CLP meeting without the LoP and the party president calling for such A meeting. “It is totally unconstitutional and the party will make it a national issue", they said. “The meeting convened by defected MLCs is not valid and the Chairman should first disqualify the two MLCs against whom a representation is pending."

If the Chairman approves the merger, the Congress will be left with only two MLCs and their term too will end by March next.

The four MLCs later spoke to the media and justified their decision, saying people had given mandate to Mr Chandrashekar Rao and they have followed the constitutional norms while seeking the merger. They claimed that they have been keeping away from the Congress for the last few months.

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