Hyderabad:Hitting out at the ruling TRS for allegedly engineering defections of Congress MLAs into its fold, Congress Floor Leader in Assembly Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka began his 36-hour long fast at Indira Park on Saturday.

A galaxy of Congress leaders including party in-charge RC Kunthia, PCC President N Uttam Kumar Reddy, former MP V Hanumantha Rao and also TJAC chairman M Kodandaram expressed solidarity with the protesting leader.

Speaking on the occasion, Vikramarka demanded that the TRS should get the turncoat MLAs to resign and go to polls first before inducting them into the party. The Congress party in no way was weakened by some MLAs switching their allegiance to another party, he added.

“It is the loss of people of Telangana and for the democracy. KCR is using his ill-gotten wealth to purchase MLAs. He (KCR) is of the view that no matter whom the people vote for and elect, we can buy them. This is detrimental to the democracy,” he observed

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