Another Telangana Cong MLA to jump ship, join TRS

Vastavam Web: The Congress in Telangana Thursday appeared headed for another setback ahead of Lok Sabha elections, with one more party MLA meeting TRS Working President K T Rama Rao and expressing intention to join the State’s ruling party. Sources in the TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samiti) led by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao confirmed that Kandala Upender Reddy, MLA from Palair, conveyed willingness to join the party. In a statement, Reddy said he has decided to join the ruling TRS in the interest of development of his constituency.

He said he was ready to resign his MLA post and seek fresh mandate from people if necessary. In recent days, five Congress MLAs had announced their decision to join the TRS. A Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA, had also announced move to shift loyalty to the TRS. In the December 7, 2018, Assembly polls in Telangana, Reddy had defeated the then Roads and Buildings Minister Tummala Nageswara Rao (TRS).

Reacting to the defection by the party MLAs, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader M Bhatti Vikramarka alleged that the TRS government was “shameless” in encouraging defections. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was “conspiring to eliminate the opposition as he lacked courage to answer their questions, he alleged in a statement. The TRS had won 88 seats and the Congress 19 in the 119-member House in the last Assembly poll.