Beleaguered Congress may lose Oppn status

Beleaguered Congress may lose Oppn status
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The efforts of Congress party to regain at least some of its lost ground in the Lok Sabha elections and local body polls is unlikely to fructify as three more MLAs are ready to join TRS.

Hyderabad: The efforts of Congress party to regain at least some of its lost ground in the Lok Sabha elections and local body polls is unlikely to fructify as three more MLAs are ready to join TRS.

If this happens, the Congress party will lose the status of main opposition party in the state legislature.

Once this happens, all those who left Congress and joined the TRS will give a letter to the Speaker merging legislature party with TRS in June when the Assembly session is likely to be convened.

The Congress party which had won 19 seats in Assembly elections has already lost 10 MLAs as they have switched loyalties.

If another three join TRS, the Congress will be left with just six MLAs. MLA Jagga Reddy, P Veeriah and G Venkata Ramana Reddy are likely to join TRS on April 24.

Already, the Congress MLAs - P Sabitha Indra Reddy, Harshavardhan Reddy, Atram Sakku, Rega Kantha Rao Vanama Venkateswara Rao, B Haripriya Naik, K Upendar Reddy, J Surendar and LB Nagar MLA D Sudhir Reddy met TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao and party working president KT Rama Rao before the Lok Sabha elections in Telangana and announced their decision to join TRS.

According to the assembly rules and guidelines, the party should have a member strength of at least 10 per cent of the total strength of any state Assembly to get the status of main opposition party.

This means that the Congress should have 12 members to be recognised as main opposition party and get the position of CLP leader in the House.

After the exodus of 10 MLAs to the TRS, the Congress strength in the assembly has been reduced to nine.

TRS leaders said that the anti-defection law will also not be applicable to the defected legislators once the two-thirds (13) of the 19 MLAs join TRS.

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