After facing a humiliating defeat in the Assembly election held in Telangana in December, the Congress is facing an embarrassing situation with its legislature party set to merge with the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS).
Twelve of 18 Congress MLAs on Thursday met Telangana Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas to seek a merger of the faction with the regional party.
As per the rule, 2/3rd of the elected members are required for merger of any political party. Of the total 19 MLAs of the Telangana Assembly Congress, 12 have shifted loyalty to the ruling TRS.
The Congress legislative council has already merged itself into TRS with three out of four MLCs joining the ruling party.
On Wednesday, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N Uttam Kumar Reddy submitted his resignation as an MLA from Huzurnagar, after his victory from Nalgonda.
Uttam Kumar Reddy’s resignation had brought the required number for a merger further down. Uttam Kumar Reddy along with Congress MLAs held a protest against the merger at the Gandhi statues inside the assembly on Thursday.
Congress leaders alleged it was an effort to completely silent the opposition voice in the assembly while alleging that a money trail was behind the MLAs joining the ruling TRS party.
The Congress party on Monday night named its Telangana state chief Uttam Kumar Reddy as the candidate from Nalgonda Lok Sabha seat while AICC secretary Madhu Goud Yashki will contest from Nizamabad.
The Congress party, which had announced candidates for eight Lok Sabha seats in Telangana on March 15, announced the candidates for eight more seats around midnight.
The party has not yet taken a decision on Khammam, from where former Union Minister Renuka Chowdhury is a contender for the party ticket.
Former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin and actress Vijaya Shanti, both former MPs and among the key aspirants, were ignored in the second list.
Uttam Kumar Reddy is currently a member of Telangana state Assembly. Madhu Yashki, who is in-charge of party affairs in Karnataka, will take on Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s daughter K. Kavitha in Nizamabad constituency.
Komatireddy Venkat Reddy (Bhongir), Mallu Ravi (Nagarkurnool) and Vamshi Chand Reddy (Mahabubnagar), who were defeated in Assembly elections held in December figured in the second list.
Firoz Khan, who too was defeated in Assembly polls, will take on Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi in Hyderabad.
Azharuddin was reportedly keen to contest from Secunderabad but the party preferred former MP Anjan Kumar Yadav.
The Congress has announced Dommati Sambaiah as the candidate for Warangal seat.