BRS MLAs’ ‘courtesy call’ on Revanth fuels speculation

Contrary to their assertions, it has been learnt that the BRS MLAs did not submit any written representation to the chief minister regarding development or protocol concerns during their meeting.
(From left) BRS MLAs Sunitha Laxma Reddy, Gudem Mahipal Reddy, Kotha Prabhakar Reddy and K Manik Rao meet Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy 
(centre) at his residence in Hyderabad on Tuesday
(From left) BRS MLAs Sunitha Laxma Reddy, Gudem Mahipal Reddy, Kotha Prabhakar Reddy and K Manik Rao meet Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy (centre) at his residence in Hyderabad on Tuesday(Photo | Express)

HYDERABAD: Setting off rumour mills, four of the seven BRS MLAs from the erstwhile Medak district paid a “courtesy call” to Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Tuesday. The opposition MLAs in question — Sunitha Laxma Reddy (Narsapur), Kotha Prabhakar Reddy (Dubbaka), Gudem Mahipal Reddy (Patancheru) and K Manik Rao (Zaheerabad) — claimed that their visit was focused on development and protocol issues.

Contrary to their assertions, it has been learnt that the BRS MLAs did not submit any written representation to the chief minister regarding development or protocol concerns during their meeting.

The erstwhile Medak district holds significance for the BRS given its a party stronghold. Constituencies such as Gajwel and Siddipet, currently represented by K Chandrasekhar Rao and T Harish Rao, respectively, have been sending senior party leaders to the Assembly for more than 10 years.

As the BRS aims for a win in the Medak segment during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, the timing of the meeting weeks before the polls has raised concerns within the party. 

Considering the Congress’ slender majority in the Assembly, the meeting assumes additional significance. With 64 MLAs, the Congress currently holds a majority of just four MLAs over the magic figure. The opposition legislators’ interaction with Congress leaders lends credence to Roads & Buildings Minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy’s claims of BRS MLAs being “in touch” with them.

Among the four MLAs who called on Revanth, Sunitha has a history of serving in the ranks of the Congress and held a ministerial position in the YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cabinet.

Responding to speculation about potential defections, Sunitha vehemently denied having any plans to join the Congress. Speaking to TNIE, she asserted their commitment to working under the leadership of BRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao, citing issues such as the non-provision of escort vehicles to BRS MLAs, unlike their counterparts in the ruling party.

In an alleged attempt to downplay the meeting, Mahipal Reddy told TNIE that it is a common practice for MLAs to meet the chief minister regardless of their political affiliations. He emphasised that such interactions between the BRS MLAs and Congress chief ministers have been prevalent since the term of Rajasekhara Reddy.

Despite these assurances, speculations within the Congress persist, with leaders hinting that one of the four BRS MLAs may be approached to contest in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on the grand old party ticket.

Given the Congress’s public stance against engineering defections, the impact of the BRS MLAs’ meeting with the chief minister within the party ranks remains to be seen.

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