Suspense Over MLC Elections as Two TDP MLAs Likely to Join TRS
HYDERABAD: The three main political parties in the Telangana State – TRS, Congress and Telugu Desam were busy with working out strategies to win the MLA quota MLC elections to be held on June 1, as the vacant posts were six but seven candidates are in the fray.
Ruling TRS party fielded five candidates in the contest. The main opposition party Congress and the TDP fielded one each. The opposition parties’ contention was that the ruling party has no strength to win four seats but it fielded five candidates. The opposition parties were more concerned about the MLAs shifting loyalties in the last minute.
Due to TRS effect, the TDP has kept its MLAs in a secret place. Congress too kept its MLAs in Golconda Resorts to see that their MLAs will not be lured by the TRS.
There is one version doing rounds that the Congress Party will be in a safe zone, as its existing MLAs are firm in making their candidate Akula Lalitha win the election. Political analysts were predicting that the TDP candidate or TRS’s fifth candidate would taste the defeat in this election.
There is another version that the TRS already succeeded in attracting TDP MLAs, but TDP leaders were stating that some TRS MLAs would cast their vote to TDP MLC candidate Vem Narender Reddy. Due to political parties’ own predictions, the MLC election has turned into a thriller cinema.
TRS has won 63 MLAs in the general elections. Two each from BSP and YSRCP and five members from TDP, and four members from Congress joined the TRS making their number 76. The MIM has already declared that it would extend its support to the TRS party. Including nominated MLA, TRS’s strength reached 85.
In the last elections, Congress has won 21 MLA seats. Independent candidate from Narsampet constituency, Donthi Madhava Reddy, joined Congress party, but Congress lost four MLAs as they joined the ruling TRS party. Due to this, the Congress’ strength was reduced to 17. Even now, Congress has the strength to make their candidate win the election comfortably. The party would face problem only if the ruling party attracts the Congress MLAs with some secret sops.
All the way, the TDP is in troublesome situation. The TDP has won 15 MLA seats in general elections. With BJP five members support, its strength reached to 20, but five MLAs shifted their loyalties towards the ruling party. Kukatpally MLA, Madhavaram Krishna Rao, joined TRS on the very next day of Mahanaadu, giving a shock to TDP. Following this unexpected shock, the TDP kept its MLAs in a hotel located in Rangareddy District. It is learnt that the BJP MLAs too were lodged in that hotel. The present strength of TDP is just 15 MLAs and it needed two more candidates to win the election.
But, TDP was confident on making their candidate Vem Narender Reddy win the election. The TDP leaders were stating that the TRS Chief and Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao was giving top priority to the MLAs who had joined from other political parties, and it is making the original TRS MLAs unhappy. The unhappy MLAs would cast their vote to TDP candidate.
TDP senior leaders Errabelli Dayakar Rao and Revanth Reddy were already chalked out an action plan to make the TRS MLAs cast their vote to TDP candidate.
Who wins the election will be known byJune 1 evening only, but all the political parties were conducting secret camps in hotels and were saying that their MLAs would come directly to the Assembly on Monday to cast their vote.
There is speculation on Sunday that two more TDP MLAs would shift their loyalties to TRS. The party would easily grab five MLC seats if two more TDP candidates shifted their loyalties to TRS at the cost of TDP MLC candidate. (NSS)