Its curtains for Telugu Desam in Telangana Assembly as the Speaker Madhusudanachary has formally merged the TDP LP into TRS LP since 12 of the elected members of TD have defected to TRS and even urged them to recognize them as a group and merge it into the ruling party. With this, Chief minister KCR has completed the task of “Operation Akarsh” successfully. He has tactfully enticed the TD MLAs through one way or the other.
Speaker has issued a statement saying the merger has been done following the letter of Errabelli Dayakar Rao urging him to recognize their entry.
In all, TDP has won 12 seats in the last Assembly elections and out of them 12 have already defected to TRS. Only three MLAs- A Revanth Reddy, Sandra Venkata Veeriah and R Krishnaiah have remained in the yellow brigade.
But Speaker’s decision has created ripples in opposition camp. “We are surprised at the decision. The Speaker should have acted on the defections as and when it happened. But instead he sat on the letter given by the TD to derecognize their defected MLA- all these months and acted till the number (of defectors) swells. This is not correct morally, constitutionally and legally” K Jana Reddy, Leader of the Opposition, remarked. Its just humiliating, he added.
Fuming fire, Revanth Reddy said- “KCR has murdered democracy. The decision of Speaker is totally wrong since a legislative party wing cannot be merged without having the consent of the concerned party. We will go to Supreme Court on the decision. TDP cadre would take up agitation across the state”
“The Speaker has not acted on our letter-given 16 months ago- seeking disqualification of our MLAs. Instead, he acted swiftly- in just 18 months- on the letter given by our defected MLAs. This is the irony..a scenario possible only in KCR-ruled Telangana” remarked TD leaders Kottakota Dayakar Reddy and Ravula Chandrasekhara Reddy.
BJP leader Dr K Lakshman said- “Telangana sets a wrong precedence in the country. TD MLAs who crossed over to TRS should have resigned and sought fresh mandate. Winning on some party ticket and defecting to another for power and money is morally wrong”.
But TRS contends it’s nothing wrong. “When Chandrababu Naidu revolted against the legendary NTR and usurped the party, its democratic. When the TD MLAs decided to join TRS legally, its unconstitutional.. why this dichotomy? Mahender Reddy, transport minister questioned.
The debate now starts-whether speaker’s decision is correct or not. There is no precedence in recent memory that a legislative party wing of a recognized party is merged into another party. No party files a suit challenging the Speaker’s decision. So, if TD knocks the doors of apex court, then its word will be final in this regard.