Telangana High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to 12 Congress Lawmakers who shifted to Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) last week. The High Court also served notice to Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy. Apart from this, Legislative Secretary and the
Election Commission has also been served notices by the Telangana High Court.
They all have been given four-week time to file a reply. Following which the Court adjourned the hearing by four weeks.
Telangana High Court has issued notices to Telangana Assembly Speaker and 12 MLAs who defected from Congress (to TRS), Assembly Secretary and Counsel Secretary asking them to reply in four weeks. The matter posted for four weeks later.
— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2019
The development comes a day after 12 out of the 18 Congress MLA shifted to TRS in the Assembly with Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy accepting the merger recognized them all as TRS members.
With the merger episode in Telanaga, the state ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) tally in the assembly is now 103 MLAs in the 119-member Assembly.
Congress is now left with 6 MLAs and is now no more a second largest party as Asaduddin Owaisi‘s AIMIM have 7 Legislators in the Telangana Assembly.
While the Telangana Congress Chief Nalamada Uttam Kumar Reddy approached the Telangana High Court over the issue. Talking to media on June 6, Telangana Congress Chief ‘We’re going to Telangana High Court tomorrow & if we don’t get sufficient remedy, we’ll go to Supreme Court. We’ll also be filing cases in the Lokpal with evidence of MLAs benefiting out of changing parties’.
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Uttam Kumar Reddy: We're going to Telangana High Court tomorrow & if we don't get sufficient remedy, we'll go to Supreme Court. We'll also be filing cases in the Lokpal with evidence of MLAs benefiting out of changing parties. We are going on a 36 hours fast on June 8. pic.twitter.com/PiOx9wRFv5
— ANI (@ANI) June 6, 2019
The Congress unit of Telangana had also launched a 36-hour hunger strike on Saturday in protest against the switching of 12 Lawmakers to K Chandrashekhar Rao‘s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
In the meantime, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday said that his party will ask for the Leader of Opposition post in Telangana State Assembly as AIMIM is now a second largest party replacing Congress in the House.
Talking to ANI, Hyderabad MP and AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi said his party will meet the Assembly Speaker to demand a Leader of Opposition [LoP] post in the Telangana Assembly.