Saturday, November 17, 2018
Two senior TRS leaders join Congress ahead of assembly polls

Two senior TRS leaders join Congress ahead of assembly polls


Telangana Two senior TRS leaders join Congress ahead of elections. Telangana State Road Development Corporation (TSRDC) Chairman T Narsa Reddy and Member of Telangana Legislative Council S Ramulu Naik joined the Congress in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had suspended Narsa Reddy for anti-party activities on Friday, October 26. Ramulu Naik, a founder member of TRS, was also suspended from the party on similar grounds last week.TRS leader and Rajya Sabha member D Srinivas also met Gandhi on the day and expressed his desire to return to the party. Srinivas, who was in Congress since 1969, had switched loyalties to TRS in 2015, a year after the party formed the first government in the newly-created Telangana state.

Congress General Secretary R.C. Khuntia, who is in-charge of party affairs in Telangana, told reporters that Narsa Reddy and Ramulu Naik joining the party would further bolster the party’s prospects. As Narsa Reddy hails from Gajwel, a constituency represented by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, Khuntia hoped it would help the Congress defeat the TRS chief on his home turf.

This is a big blow for the TRS which is gearing up to go head to head in the upcoming Telangana elections and take on major parties like the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress.

This is the second such incident on Saturday. Earlier, National Congress Party co-founder Tariq Anwar also joined the Congress citing differences with NCP party leader Sharad Pawar. He had left the Congress 19 years ago to start NCP with Sharad Pawar.

The Hindustan Times report states that two other legislators in the TRS – Tula Uma and Bodige Shoba are also planning on joining Congress.

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