Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Thursday denied allegations of weak leadership in the State Congress unit.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Governor ESL Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan along with leaders of other opposition political parties, Uttam Kumar Reddy said Congress MLAs who had left the party to join Telangana Rashtra Samiti have done so for their own reasons.
“They are selling themselves to TRS for personal gains such as promises to make a family member a Zilla Parishad chairperson. The TRS government is trying to rob Congress the principal opposition party status and accord the same to AIMIM,” he said.
Congress which had 19 MLAs, is now left with eight with 11 of them pledging support to TRS so far. There is intense speculation that another two or three more Congress MLAs are set to join TRS which will reduce the Congress strength to less than seven, the number of AIMIM legislators in the Assembly.
Congress Legislature Party leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, who was part of the delegation that met with the Governor, said: “It is time for the Governor, as the custodian of the Constitution, to ensure implementation of the Anti-Defection Law.” He also alleged “Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy is deliberately not taking any action on the defected MLAs.”