Merger: Bhatti’s fast enters day 2

Merger: Bhatti’s fast enters day 2

Agency News

Hyderabad, June 9: The fast-unto-death by Congress Legislature Party leader Bhatti Vikramarka protesting against the "undemocratic" merger of the 12 Congress MLAs with the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti Legislature Party entered the second day on Sunday.

The 36-hour-fast in the presence of senior Congress leaders, including AICC in-charge for Telangana R C Khuntia besides leaders of TDP and Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS), was changed to fast-unto-death. The leaders present at the Dharna Chowk near Indira Park, the fast venue, said that the merger of the group of 12 Congress MLAs with the TRSLP was the 'murder of democracy'.

The Congress leaders had targeted Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao blaming him for the defections as he wanted finish opposition.

In the Assembly elections held in December last, the ruling TRS bagged 88, the Congress 19,the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen seven, the BJP one and the TDP two but one of the TDP MLA also announced his decision to join the TRS.

Since March, 11 Congress MLAs have been officially announcing their decision to join the ruling party and on Friday, one more Congress MLA had decided to defect to the TRS and all the 12 Congress MLAs on the same day (Friday) approached Assembly Speaker P Srinivas Reddy and represented to him to merge the 12 Congress MLAs group with the TRSLP.

The Speaker had agreed to merge the the Congress MLAs group with the ruling party and with the resignation of TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy as MLA after he was elected to the Lok Sabha in the recent general elections, the strength of the Congress in the Assembly came down to six.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) yesterday urged Telangana Assembly Speaker P Srinivas Reddy to give them leader of Opposition status in the House.