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Telangana Congress leader calls off fast over merger row

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

Legislature Party (CLP) Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, who was on indefinite fast since June 8 over "undemocratic" merger of 12 MLAs with the ruling TRS, called off the protest after he was forcibly shifted to a hospital.

The police forcibly removed from hunger strike camp at Indira Park here as his condition started deteriorating. There was mild tension as some leaders tried to resist the police. He was shifted him to government-run (NIMS).

The Congress leader, however, refused to take saline or any treatment at the hospital and claimed that he was continuing his fast to demand to withdraw his orders merging with Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

Uttam Kumar Reddy, senior and others called on at NIMS and persuaded him to call off the fast.

The Congress alleged that the actions of Minister and the were a threat to democracy.

The on June 6 recognised merger of 12 Congress legislators with after the group met him and made a request in this regard.

With this, the number of Congress MLAs in 119-member Assembly has plunged to six and the party is in danger of losing the post of the Leader of Opposition.

Meanwhile, and approached challenging the Speaker's action in merging Congress legislators with the TRS. The petitions will come up for hearing on Tuesday.

--IANS

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First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 13:20 IST
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