In a major jolt to the Congress party in Telangana, 12 out of 19 Congress MLAs have reportedly approached the speaker, on Thursday to merge the state Congress party with the KCR-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) state party.
Sources have also reported that while Congress won 19 out of the 119 Assembly seats in the Telangana state assembly elections held in December 2018, before the Lok Sabha polls, 12 MLAs had defected to the TRS. And now, officially these 12 defected members have reportedly met the speaker and asked them to merge them with the TRS party, which is the current ruling party.
Following the defection, sources report that Congress would lose out on being the Opposition party in the state despite winning the second largest number of seats. With the addition 4 of the defected MLAs, if added to TRS, the party's tally will touch 100 in the state assembly.
Sources further claim that these defected MLAs will not face anti-defection action as 2/3 rd of the Opposition party has shifted to the ruling party.
In an update, sources have reported that the remaining 6 MLAs of Telangana Congress and other Congress leaders who didn't defect to TRS have allegedly called the act a 'mockery of democracy' and have staged a sit-in protest outside Telangana Secretariat in Hyderabad.
In the fight for the 17 Lok Sabha seats, between the BJP, Congress and the regional parties K. Chandrasekhar Rao's TRS and Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM -while the Chief Minister KCR's party won 9 seats both the NDA and the UPA had made inroads into the state winning 4 seats, 3 seats respectively.
While in both state Assembly polls, the TRS emerged victories expanding its seat share from 63 to 88 seats in 2018, while the Congress lost its hold from 21 to 19 seats. The BJP lost its foothold completely from winning 5 seats in 2014 to no seat in 2018. But after winning 19 seats, 12 Congress MLAs post-elections, had defected to TRS.
The state had gotten national fame when talks of a 'Federal Front' took charge as Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao attempted to band together with the southern leaders to build a non-BJP and non-Congress front.