BRS MLAs from Medak say no plan to switch sides, met Telangana CM to highlight constituency problems

Their meeting fuelled speculation in the political circles that they might be preparing the ground to join the Congress.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jan 24, 2024 | 7:32 PMUpdatedJan 24, 2024 | 7:32 PM

BRS MLAs with Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy.

In a bid to put speculations to rest, four BRS MLAs who met Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy on Tuesday, 23 January, said that the meeting was to discuss issues related to development in their respective constituencies.

The meeting gave rise to speculation that the MLAs — V Sunitha Laxma Reddy (Narsapur), Gudem Mahipal Reddy (Patancheru), Kotha Prabhakar Reddy (Dubbak), and K Manik Rao (Zaheerabad) — might switch loyalties.

MLAs clear the air

However, the MLAs told reporters at Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad on Wednesday that they met the Chief Minister, seeking his intervention to resolve protocol issues, release of funds for their constituencies, and the immediate release of the Mallanna Sagar Project waters to protect crops.

They said that there was nothing wrong if the Opposition MLAs met the Chief Minister and that there was nothing to read between the lines.

The MLAs also said they were committed to the BRS and would continue to work to bring the party back to power in the state.

“We brought to the notice of the Chief Minister the problems that need immediate attention in the Medak district. We have been with the BRS since the beginning of the Telangana movement. Why would we leave the BRS now?” Kotha Prabhakar Reddy asked.

“Is it wrong to meet the Chief Minister, or ministers or officials seeking resolution of issues in our constituencies? We have raised the issue of protocol courtesies not being extended to the BRS MLAs,” he further said.

Prabhakar Reddy added that since the Congress had made several promises, they asked the government when they would be implemented. “The release of water from the Mallanna Sagar Project is already overdue and we wanted immediate attention,” he said.

He pointed out that the BRS would win the Lok Sabha elections hands down. “I will meet Revanth Reddy on the problems faced by people in the Medak district not once but 100 times, if necessary,” he charged.

Sunitha Laxma Reddy deplored the speculation of their possible defection. “Our intention was only to bring to the Chief Minister’s notice the problems people were facing in the Medak district,” she said.

She also pointed out that it was the MLAs’ right to seek what had been promised to the people. She said that their commitment to the BRS was unwavering and steadfast, and that there was no need for anyone to doubt their intentions. “KCR is our leader and we will continue to work under his direction,” Sunitha said.

The Narsapur legislator said that they met the Chief Minister just as the latter met the Prime Minister recently.

After the Congress assumed power in the state, police escort to the BRS MLAs was withdrawn. “I  am a four-time MLA and served as a minister in the past, and yet, there is discrimination in extending protocol services to me,” she said.

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The speculations

The speculation that the four MLAs were preparing the ground to join the Congress began as there was bitter rivalry between the BRS leadership and Revanth Reddy.

In the past, KCR and KTR had abused Revanth Reddy and the latter also hit back at them in equal measure. The latest was Revanth Reddy’s comment in London that he would bury the BRS in a pit 100 metres deep, which had rankled the BRS leaders no end.

Another reason for the speculation was that, of late, the Congress leaders have been saying that the BRS MLAs were in touch with them.

Minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy had said that about 30 MLAs were in touch with the Congress, while another minister J Krishna Rao said that if the Congress wanted, no one would be left in the BRS.

Topping them all, Revanth Reddy had said that he had no intention of engineering defections from the BRS and that if the BRS does it, he knows very well how to end the game.

He said this after a few BRS leaders said that it was not difficult for them to spirit away some Congress MLAs to push the government into a minority since it has a wafer-thin majority in the Assembly.

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