Hyderabad; Mlatimes; Hitting out at the Congress leaders for alleging that TRS ‘purchased’ two of its MLAs, TRS working president KT Rama Rao on Monday asked whether the instances of other elected representatives joining the Congress was also a ‘purchase’.He pointed out that the two Congress MLAs — Atram Sakku and Rega Kantha Rao — had openly written a letter stating that they were joining TRS for welfare and development of tribal areas and were ready to quit their MLA posts, if needed.
Speaking to mediapersons at Telangana Bhavan on Monday along with Ministers Talasani Srinivas Yadav and V Srinivas Goud, Rama Rao condemned allegations of TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy that TRS had purchased the two MLAs. He stated that political leaders switching parties was common and one need not worry as long as it was done in people’s interest.
He referred to various instances of lawmakers joining the Congress, including BJP sitting MP Savitri Bai Phule joining the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, in the presence of AICC president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday. “One sitting BJP MP in Uttar Pradesh joined Congress in the presence of your (Congress) president and general secretary. How much did they pay to her to join the Congress,” he asked.
KTR Says MLAs hit back at UttamMeanwhile, at a separate press conference at the Assembly, MLAs Rega Kantha Rao and Atram Sakku stated that the TPCC president was resorting to false propaganda against them for seeking to work for development of their respective constituencies.“We have categorically stated that we will resign the MLA posts, if needed.
But the Congress leaders are hell-bent on questioning the self-respect of Adivasis,” they said.Further, they alleged that Congress MLC candidate Guduru Narayana Reddy was offering Rs 50 lakh each to MLAs who vote for him and if they needed money, they would have stayed back in the Congress itself.