BRS suffers setback, another MLA joins ruling Congress in Telangana

Sanjay Kumar, a doctor by profession, was elected to the Legislative Assembly for the second time from Jagitial.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 24, 2024 | 10:14 AM Updated Jun 24, 2024 | 10:14 AM

Sanjay Kumar joins Congress

The opposition Bharat Rashtra Samithi suffered a setback in Telangana as its Jagtial MLA Sanjay Kumar joined the ruling Congress.

Kumar was welcomed into the Congress fold by Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy, party sources said late on Sunday, 23 June. Kumar is the fifth BRS MLA to join the Congress.

Reddy is also the president of the Congress’ Telangana unit.

Sanjay Kumar, a doctor by profession, was elected to the Legislative Assembly for the second time.

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Recent exodus from BRS

Kumar joining the Congress came close on the heels of senior BRS MLA and former Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy switching over to the grand old party on 21 June.

The Congress has already spirited away three legislators of the BRS and one of them — Danam Nagender — was the grand old party’s candidate from the Secunderabad constituency in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

He, however, lost the election to Union Minister and BJP leader G Kishan Reddy in the recent general elections.

The other two BRS legislators who migrated to the Congress camp were Station Ghanpur MLA Kadiam Srihari and Badrachalam legislator Tellam Venkat Rao.

With the induction of Sanjay Kumar, the number of BRS MLAs who switched loyalty to Congress rose to five.

There are reports that the Congress leadership is in talks with more BRS MLAs to shore up its strength in the Assembly.

Besides these MLAs, several other BRS leaders, including Hyderabad Mayor Vijaya Laxmi R Gadwal, have also joined the Congress.

There have been speculations that more BRS MLAs would join the Congress in the days to come.

(With PTI inputs)

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