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Jolt to Congress as 12 MLAs break away, explores all options to oppose merger

The Congress party in Telangana is exploring all options to oppose the merger of a group of 12 party MLAs into the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi. In the aftermath of Legislative Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivasa Reddy’s consent to the merger, the Congress party is gearing up to fight back the decision.

 Pradesh Congress Committee President N Uttam Kumar Reddy announced that the party would move a petition in the High Court today challenging the merger decision and would also move the Supreme Court if necessary.  Congress Legislative Party leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka said that that he would launch tomorrow a 36-hour hunger strike in protest against merger.

After 12 Congress MLAs merged their group in the ruling party, the Congress party’s strength in the Assembly fell to 6 from 18. As a result, the party has lost its main opposition party status in the Assembly as AIMIM, a regional party, with a strength of 7 MLAs in the House has emerged as the second largest party.

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