Hyderabad: Congress legislators who recently joined TRS clarified on Wednesday that they merged the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) with the TRS Legislative Party (TRSLP) because they were vexed with group politics and lack of effective leadership in the national party.
The merger, they said, was in c with the Constitution. The group also warned that they would slap defamation cases against Congress leaders in Telangana if they continued to spread false propaganda against them.
In all, 12 of 18 Congress MLAs submitted a representation to Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy a few days ago, seeking the merger of the larger group of CLP with TRSLP as per the Constitution. Accordingly, the Speaker issued orders in their favour.
Speaking to media-persons at the TRSLP office, MLA Rega Kantha Rao said all Congress legislators were vexed with the Telangana Congress leadership or lack of it, which prompted them to join TRS led by an efficient leader in Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. “We are answerable to the people who voted for us. Hence, we are explaining to them that we joined TRS as per the Constitution for development of our constituencies,” he said.
Kantha Rao said all the 12 MLAs were ready to tender their resignations and contest the bypolls whenever needed. There was no future for Congress in Telangana, he said, pointing out that neither TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy nor CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka were able to influence the Congress candidates to win in their own constituencies during the recent Parishad elections.
Another MLA Gandra Venkataramana Reddy said Congress was repeatedly rejected by people in all elections since 2014, but the State leadership failed to introspect and analyse the shortfalls and rectify them.
The Telangana Congress leadership was adamant not to admit its flaws in leadership and also failed to strengthen or consolidate its voter base. “Congress leaders are trying to blame EVMs and other factors for their defeat. If that was the case, TRS got clear mandate during elections held with ballot papers,” he said.
The legislator said people supported his decision by electing his wife Jyothi during the ZPTC elections with a clear majority of over 10,000 votes, despite his decision to quit Congress to join TRS. He said the by-polls to the Huzurnagar Assembly constituency will decide the fate of Congress in Telangana. MLAs Vanama Venkateshwara Rao, P Sabitha Reddy, Atram Sakku, Sudheer Reddy and other recently joined MLAs were present.