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Operation Akarsh alert makes TRS keep its flock together

Operation Akarsh alert makes TRS keep its flock together
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Amidst rumours in social media that handful of party MLAs reportedly getting in touch with the BJP, the TRS leadership has started efforts to set its house in order.

Hyderabad: Amidst rumours in social media that handful of party MLAs reportedly getting in touch with the BJP, the TRS leadership has started efforts to set its house in order.

The party leadership got in touch with all those who were reportedly unhappy for not being given a berth in the cabinet and made them give a statement that they have full faith in the leadership of party president and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

Party MLA Bajireddy Goverdhan said he has total confidence in CM KCR. "There are wrong messages in social media... I will always be with people whom I believe.

Our leader is KCR," said Goverdhan. Former MLA Jupally Krishna Rao said that there was no truth in the campaign on social media that he was switching.

"I have left minister's post for Telangana. I am not the person who runs after posts. I am with TRS and I will be with the party," said Krishna Rao.

It was widely shared in social media and a few websites that nine TRS MLAs were in touch with BJP and would join at any time.

Two more MLAs, including Jogu Ramanna and M Hanumanth Rao on whom the rumours are spread that they will be joining BJP are yet to give clarification.

Meanwhile, Serilingampally MLA of TRS Arikepudi Gandhi is learnt to have met chief minister and told him that he does not want the post of the whip. Sources said that he had surrendered his gunmen.

According to his followers, the MLA was unhappy with the party for giving minister's post to a leader younger than him.

Meanwhile, former minister and Station Ghanpur MLA T Rajaiah and Bhoopalapally MLAs Gandra Venkatramana Reddy said that they have not made any comments in media against the cabinet expansion.

Addressing a press conference here, Rajaiah said media has published the words which were not spoken by him and there are no video or audio evidence regarding this. "KCR gave me many opportunities and he made me Rajanna.

Being a Dalit man, I was given the opportunity of first deputy chief minister of Telangana," he said. On Monday, Rajaiah reportedly told media that Madigas were not given representation in cabinet.

Rajaiah further said that KCR has ensured his victory with huge majority and gave him total freedom as MLA. However, he said that Madigas are waiting for higher posts adding KCR would do justice to everyone.

"Madiga community is looking towards KCR with great hopes. All will not get opportunity at once. KCR has assured me of giving a post as per my stature," said Rajaiah. He also criticised MRPS leader Manda Krishna Madiga stating that he was not the sole representative of Madigas.

Gandra Venkataramana in a statement released to media said that there was no resentment on the cabinet expansion. "I did not join TRS for posts but for development of people of my constituency. Our family received the post of Jilla Parishad Chairman only because of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

Cabinet expansion and inclusion of ministers is the prerogative of the chief minister and he has no anger on it," he said, and his focus was on strengthening the party.

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