Hyderabad: Congress party in Telangana received a severe blow on Monday with its 11th MLA, Gandra Venkataramana Reddy who was elected from Bhupalapally constituency to the Assembly announcing that he was joining Telangana Rashtra Samiti.
Congress, which had 19 of its candidates elected to the Assembly in the elections last December, is now left with just eight members.
Reddy, along with his wife Jyoti, met with TRS working president KT Rama Rao on Monday. Jyoti too said she was joining the ruling party.
The Congress party MLA said he was impressed with the dedication and work of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and decided to support the Chief Minister in his endeavour to turn Telangana into the number one State in the country. “I have deep and abiding faith in the Chief Minister and decided to support him,” Reddy said in a signed statement.
He also said he will work for fulfilling the promises he made to his constituents including getting a medical college for the constituency and taking up and completion of a outer ring road for Bhupalapally. “I will also work for completion of the lift irrigaiton projects in the constituency. If required, I am ready to resign as an MLA, the position which I won on a Congress ticket and recontest the elections on a TRS ticket,” he said.
Gandra Venkataramana Reddy’s name figured prominently in the list of three Congress MLAs who were said to be ready to join TRS. The other two who are said to be ready to do so are Podem Veeraiah from Bhadrachalam and T Jagga Reddy from Sangareddy.
The TRS requires just one more Congress MLA to join it whcih will enable the group of 12 to seek merger of the Congress Legislature Party with TRS in the Assembly as the group will have two thirds of the 19 elected members of Congress seeking such a merger, a move that will not attract the Anti-Defecton Law.
It was only on Sunday that CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, accompanied by Manthani MLA D Sridhar Babu met with Venkataramana Reddy and tried to impress upon him to not to leave the Congress.