Congress Set To Lose Opposition Status In Telangana

N Uttam Kumar Reddy and K Taraka Rama Rao - Sakshi Post

Hyderabad: The majority with which Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) swept the Telangana state Assembly elections has made things increasingly difficult for the Congress. Their number is soon going to be zero in the Legislative Council as things appear. The TRS is no mood to relent and could ensure the Congress does not have the main Opposition party status in the Assembly.

If Congress is to be considered the main opposition party, it must have 12 MLAs. The party won 19 seats in the recently held Assembly elections. If eight Congress MLAs switch over to the TRS, the Congress will not be counted as the main Opposition and will be restricted to a group.

The TRS has been successfull in restricting the Congress to zero in the Legislative Council. As of now, Congress has only two MLCs and both their terms come to an end in March 2019, from then on Congress is left with no representation in the Council. This is also the case with the Telugu Desam. The Mahakutami or People's Front led by the Congress, which failed miserably at the hustings, will not have any representation in the Council after March 2019.  In the 2014 assembly elections, 10 MLAs left the Congress out of 21 to join the TRS. According to TRS sources, a good number of Congress MLAs are in touch with TRS this time too.

Apprehensive of this trend, TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy hosted a dinner for Congress MLAs and MLCs two days ago, to motivate them. The TRS is working on getting at least eight Congress MLAs to leave the party so that it loses opposition status.

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