12 Congress MLAs met Telangana Assembly speaker P Srinivas Reddy on Thursday and gave him a representation to merge the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) with KCR’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
The Congress’s strength in the 119-member House came down to 18 after the party’s Telangana state unit chief Uttam Kumar Reddy tendered his resignation from the Assembly on Thursday after being elected to Lok Sabha from Nalgonda.
Congress MLA Rohith Reddy met TRS Working President and CM K Chandrasekhar Rao’s son KT Rama Rao and pledged his loyalty to the ruling party.
Senior Congress legislator Gandra Venkata Ramana Reddy said the 12 MLAs decided to work with the chief minister towards the development of the state.
Hyderabad: 12 Congress MLAs met Telangana Assembly Speaker, Pocharam Srinivas Reddy and gave him a representation to merge the Congress Legislature Party with the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi. pic.twitter.com/oex4TZpZ8i— ANI (@ANI) June 6, 2019Advertisement
He further confirmed that they have given representation to the Speaker requesting him to merge CLP with the TRS.
“We held a special meeting of the Congress Legislature Party where 12 members supported the leadership of Chief Minister KCR and wanted to work with him. We gave a representation to the Honrable Speaker and requested him to merge CLP with the TRS,” Reddy said.
As 12 MLAs account for two-thirds of the Congress Legislature Party, which currently has an effective strength of 18, they will not attract provisions of the anti-defection law which results in suspension, officials said.
If the Speaker accepts their merger request, the Congress may lose the Opposition party status as its strength will come down to 6.
This comes as shocker to Congress at the time when Rahul Gandhi led national party is currently trying to recover from the Loksabha debacle.
Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM has seven members in the Assembly, while the BJP has just one.
The TRS won 88 seats in the Assembly polls held in Telangana last year in December.