Senior Congress leaders, Miryalguda MLA Bhaskar Rao, former MP G Vivekanand and former MLA G Vinod, Nalgonda MP G Sukhender Reddy and Congress leader Juvvada Narsing Rao, along with a CPI MLA, Ravindra Kumar Ramavath will be joining Telangana‘s ruling party on 15 June.
The leaders claim that they switched loyalties as they were impressed by the Chief Minister KCR’s initiatives and they wanted to support his efforts to build a ‘golden Telangana’. They praised his welfare schemes for the weaker sections of the society like the SCs and STs.
According to a report in The Times of India, three-time MP Reddy’s exit from the Congress will have huge repercussions for the party in the Lok Sabha, where it will be left with only 44 seats now.
Further Telangana Congress will now be left with only one MP in the Lok Sabha, as the party won just two seats in the 2014 elections, as a report mentions in The News Minute. In contrast, TRS will now have 13 seats, says an NDTV report.
Deccan Chronicle quotes Reddy, “I decided to join the TRS impressed by Mr Rao’s developmental works in the past two years and to be a part of it. I am also pained at the internal squabbles in the Congress which led to issuing of show-cause notices to some leaders.”
The recent crossover can help TRS easily win the three Rajya Sabha seats in July.
This form of crossover has been the trend for quite sometime now in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. In April this year, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu managed to pull out a dozen MLAs from the YSR Congress, while in Telangana, 21 MLAs shifted from various parties to TRS, including five from the Congress.
Last week Congress saw a similar situation in Tripura when six Congress legislators crossed over to Trinamool Congress. All is not well for Congress in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh as well. In a major setback for the party in Maharashtra, veteran Congress leader and a Gandhi family loyalist, Gurudas Kamat resigned from the party. In Chhattisgarh, Ajit Jogi, the first chief minister of the state, quit Congress to form his own party.