Adding a new dimension to the Cash for MLAs case, the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) has decided to implead in the case in the Telangana High Court.
The reason? Three of the four MLAs who the BJP allegedly tried to poach were, in fact, originally Congress legislators.
Except for Guvvalala Balaraju of Achampet, the remaining three — the main complainant Pilot Rohit Reddy (Tandur), and the other two, Rega Kantha Rao (Pinapaka) and Beeram Harshavardhan Reddy (Kollapur) — were elected to the Assembly on the Congress’ ticket in the 2018 elections.
After 12 Congress legislators joined the erstwhile TRS, including the three who were targets of recent poaching, it was declared that the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) had merged with the TRS since it constituted two-thirds of the total strength of the CLP in accordance with the amendment made to the Anti-Defection Act in 2003.
But the Congress has been disputing that it was never a merger but that the TRS had been waiting for the tally of the Congress legislature to rise to 12 over a period of time and then admitted them en bloc, calling it a merger.
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After the Cash for MLAs case became a sensation, the Congress again said that there was no merger of the Congress MLAs in the TRS and that it was made to look like it.
TPCC vice-president Mallu Ravi said: “How can a legislature party merge with another party? There were instances of one party merging with another party, but not a legislature party.”
According to him, the implead petition would be filed in the high court very soon, after discussions with the issue with legal experts.
Now that the Telangana High Court has entrusted the investigation of the Cash for MLAs case to the CBI, TPCC chief A Revanth Reddy is getting ready to file a petition with the CBI, urging it to investigate how the BRS spirited away all 12 Congress MLAs and whether bestowing them with positions of power or offer large sums of money would not come under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The party claimed that the 12 Congress MLAs were offered money, sinecures in the government, and even Cabinet berths, which was outright corruption.
It added that it had all the evidence with it and that it would present it to the CBI as it began the investigation of the 26 October Cash for MLAs scam.