Two MLAs of the Congress and one TDP MLA announced their decision to join the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) ahead of the Legislative Council elections in Telangana.
TDP MLA from Sattupalle Sandra Venkata Veeraiah Sunday said he had decided to join the TRS in the interest of development of his constituency.
Veeraiah said, “It would be an injustice to people who made me win (the election) if I cannot develop it. That is the only objective. I am not changing party with selfishness or for my personal reasons.”
He met chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday and urged him to release irrigation water to save crops in his native Khammam district which was accepted.
Two Congress MLAs- Rega Kantha Rao (Pinapaka) and Atram Sakku (Asifabad)- said Saturday night they had decided to join TRS in the interest of development and welfare of STs.
They said they would consult legal experts and quit assembly membership and seek a fresh mandate if necessary.
The Congress was banking on the support of the two TDP MLAs in the MLC election. However, its chances have now been dented with the decision of the two Congress MLAs and the TDP MLA to join the TRS.