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MLC bypolls to fill 5 vacancies begins

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

The biennial election to fill five vacancies in the Legislative Council (MLAs quota), began here Tuesday.

The main opposition Congress, which fielded a candidate, had decided to boycott the election, accusing ruling TRS of poaching four of its MLAs and a 'in a brazen manner by adopting all illegal means.'

With the staying away from the poll, the election of TRS and its ally AIMIM nominees looks certain.

In the election to fill five vacancies in the Council, TRS has fielded four nominees, leaving one seat to its ally AIMIM.

In the December 7 2018 Assembly elections, TRS bagged 88 of the total of 119 seats.

An independent MLA and an have also declared support to the ruling party.

The AIMIM has seven MLAs.

However, the strength of came down from 19 to 15 with four MLAs announcing their decision to quit the party and join TRS.

TDP's strength in the Assembly was two, but one of the MLAs has decided to join TRS.

TDP's unit L Ramana announced Tuesday that his party would stay away from the election.

Alleging that the ruling TRS followed "unethical means" to win the election, he has asked party MLAs to abstain from it.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 11:55 IST