HYDERABAD: Dismissing the Congress' allegations that it purchased two of its MLAs, the ruling TRS in Telangana on Monday asked whether the instances of other public representatives joining the Congress was also a ‘purchase’.
"One sitting BJP MP in Uttar Pradesh joined Congress in the presence of your (Congress) president and General Secretary. Have you followed the same policy there," Rama Rao said.
Rama Rao referred to media reports of a sitting BJP MP in Uttar Pradesh joining the Congress in the presence of its president Rahul Gandhi and General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday.
TRS working president KT Rama Rao, who responded to Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N Uttam Kumar Reddy's allegation that the TRS has purchased two of its MLAs, referred to various instances of lawmakers joining the Congress.
On Saturday night, two Congress MLAs-Rega Kantha Rao (Pinapaka) and Atram Sakku (Asifabad) had announced, they decided to join the ruling TRS in the interest of welfare and development of STs, especially Adivasis.
On Sunday, the Congress in Telangana had announced it would wage a full-scale constitutional battle against Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, accusing him of engineering the defection of two-party MLAs.
The switch-over of the two Congress MLAs to the TRS is seen as a setback to the Congress for the March 12 Legislative Council elections (MLAs quota).
With inputs from PTI