BRSMLA leaks continue, seventh party leader joins Congress in Telangana India News

The Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) in Telangana suffered another setback, party MLA from Gadwal, Bandla Krishna Mohan ReddyJoined the ruling Congress on Saturday.

He is the seventh BRS MLA to join the Congress after the party came to power in November last year. Krishnamohan Reddy joined the Congress in the presence of Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy, who is also the president of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee. In last year's assembly elections, the BRS won 39 of the 119 seats, while the Congress won 64. The number rose to 65 after the death of G Lasiya Nanditha, BRSMLA from Secunderabad Cantonment, in a road accident on February 23, and the Congress won the by-election.

With seven BRS MLAs switching loyalties, the Congress strength has risen to 72.

In the past few months, BRS MLA Kale Yadaya (Chiwela); Pocharam Srinivas Reddy (Banswara), who was Speaker during the BRS regime; Sanjay Kumar (Jagtyal); Danum Naginder (Khairatabad); Kadim Sri Hari (Station Ghanpur); And Thilam Venkat Rao (Bhadrachalam) has joined the Congress.

On Thursday night, six BRSMLCs also joined the Congress, taking the party's MLC tally to 12 in the 40-member Legislative Council.

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All of them were with the Congress before 2014 when the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, now BRS, came to power after the creation of the separate state of Telangana, after which they switched allegiances.

Congress leaders, including Roads and Buildings Minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, have claimed that several BRS MLAs are in touch with the party to switch loyalties.

Earlier this week, K Keshwa Rao, a senior BRS leader and close confidante of former chief minister and BRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, quit the party and joined the Congress. His daughter G. Vijayalakshmi, mayor of Hyderabad, has also made the switch. BRS corporators created an uproar at the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation meeting on Saturday, demanding that he resign as he has switched parties.

The meeting was adjourned within 15 minutes of its commencement as BRS corporators gathered around the mayor's podium demanding his resignation. BRS corporators also agitated and demanded the resignation of Deputy Mayor Moth Srilatha Reddy, who is expected to join the Congress. BJP and AIMIM were out of the fray. BRS has 45 seats, its ally AIMIM 44, BJP 47 and 10 independents in the 150-seat GHMC.

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