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Telangana Congress leader continues fast on merger row

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

The Legislature Party (CLP) Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka's indefinite fast over what he calls the "undemocratic" merger of 12 MLAs with the ruling Rashtra Samithi (TRS) entered the second day on Sunday.

He started a 36-hour fast on Saturday but later turned it into an indefinite fast to exert pressure on to disqualify the 12 MLAs who defected to the TRS.

leaders have termed as "undemocratic" the action of the in merging the with the

Another and former joined Vikramarka in the indefinite fast on Sunday.

The Speaker, on June 6, had recognised the merger of 12 legislators, hours after they met him and made a request.

Congress party leaders have alleged that Chief had given a killer blow to democracy in the state by encouraging defections.

They described the as "anti-Dalit", saying that he cannot bear to see Vikramarka, a Dalit, as the of the opposition.

Vikramarka alleged that Chandrashekhar Rao was indulging in "political terrorism".

He said the did not take action on Congress party's petitions for disqualifying the defectors but acted quickly for the merger after their numbers swelled to 12.

The merger brought down the Congress tally in the 119-member Assembly to six. The party may also lose the position of leader of opposition.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), which has seven MLAs, has decided to approach the Speaker seeking the leader of opposition status for the party.

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, June 09 2019. 14:52 IST
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