The Congress has alleged that they’ve been lured into becoming a member of the TRS, and has approached the excessive courtroom difficult their “merger” with the TRS Legislature Party.
MLA Gandra Venkataramana Reddy, flanked by different Congress MLAs who joined TRS, mentioned they joined the ruling celebration as per provisions of the Constitution. “We, 12 MLAs, met Speaker on 6th of this month. It is clearly said in X Schedule of Constitution that if 2/3rd of MLAs wish, they can merge. Accordingly, we met the Speaker on 6th (of June) and gave a letter,” he informed reporters.
“We requested the chief minister to admit us into TRS Legislature Party. As per that letter, Speaker allowed us to be admitted, for merger,” he mentioned.
They didn’t be a part of TRS until 6 June, he mentioned.
He dismissed Congress leaders’ allegations that they’ve been lured into becoming a member of the TRS. “Congress party leaders’ comments are surprising. (They say MLAs) joined after being offered inducements, purchased or out of fear. We are not kids to be made to fear. We are not the ones to fall for inducements. We are not sheep or buffaloes to be purchased,” Reddy mentioned.
The resolution was taken within the curiosity of improvement of their constituencies and folks’s welfare, he mentioned. The allegations of Congress are baseless, he added.
Reddy mentioned they’d reply to the notices issued by the courts on the matter.
The 12 MLAs wouldn’t hesitate to file a defamation swimsuit for allegedly indulging of their character assassination, he mentioned.
The Congress ought to introspect why it’s failing in elections that befell since TRS got here to energy in 2014, whether or not it’s elections to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Assembly polls in December final 12 months, Lok Sabha polls or the current rural native physique polls, he claimed. He queried why a number of different Congress leaders give up the celebration and joined the BJP or different events. The causes for defeat can’t be blamed on EVMs as poll papers have been utilized in native physique polls, he mentioned.
Referring to criticism made by BJP leaders in opposition to them, Reddy mentioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through the current Lok Sabha marketing campaign in West Bengal, mentioned 40 TMC MLAs are in contact with BJP. Two MLAs of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party merged with BJP within the aftermath of dying of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in Goa, he mentioned.
“BJP people here are also saying something. See (what happened) in Goa, Bengal, Tripura. So, there cannot be one rule for you and another one for us. I am reminding what the Prime Minister of India spoke during the recent polls. We took our decision as per Constitution,” Reddy mentioned.
Replying to a question, he mentioned their resignations should not obligatory as merger was finished as per constitutional rules however they’d take into consideration the matter if obligatory.
Telangana Assembly Speaker P Srinivas Reddy final Thursday recognised the 12 MLAs of Congress as members of TRS, hours after they moved him, searching for merger of their group with the ruling celebration. The Speaker acceded to their request, contemplating the truth that they constituted two-thirds of the Congress Legislature Party, a requirement for merger underneath the anti-defection legislation.
Countering the MLAs’ assault on the Congress, AICC secretary Ch Vamsichand Reddy mentioned the MLAs ought to give up their posts and search recent mandate if they’ve any sincerity and morals.
Referring to the feedback of MLAs that Congress has misplaced successive elections, he mentioned victory and defeat have been pure in politics. The chief minister’s daughter (sitting TRS MP Ok Kavitha) misplaced in current Lok Sabha elections (in Nizamabad), he mentioned. There was a time when the TRS selected to not contest Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections (for worry of dropping), he mentioned.
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