Hyderabad: Only hours before the counting of votes begins in the Telangana Assembly elections, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has alleged that the Congress has started to lure TRS candidates to its side. TRS leaders have alleged that Congress MP Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, who crossed over to the Congress from the TRS, is calling up TRS candidates and requesting them support the Congress.
Mr Konda Reddy has accepted that he made the calls but said there was no talk of supporting the Congress. He showed his mobile WhatsApp call logs to the media which showed he had received a call back from a TRS candidate.
Both TRS and Congress leaders have exposed their private chat and call logs.
After caretaker minister K.T. Rama Rao and former MP Lagadapati Rajagopal released their alleged private conversations, on the issue of the survey reports last week, this is the second incident in these elections where the leaders have not hesitated to show their private chats or call logs to the public in order to blame each other.
Addressing media persons at Telangana Bhavan, caretaker minister C. Laxma Reddy said, “The Congress is following corrupt methods to win the elections against the TRS. The leaders of the Congress are trying to lure our candidates. As part of this, Congress leaders have called our Nagarkurnool candidate Marri Janardhan Reddy and requested him to support them in forming the government.”
Mr Reddy revealed that Mr Vishweshwar Reddy had called him requesting his support in forming the Congress government in the state. He has also shown the WhatsApp conversation and the call log.
Mr Janardhan Reddy said, “Chevella MP Konda Vishweshwar Reddy has called me and requested me to join Congress. I replied saying that I’m in KCR’s (caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao) army, which is going to win 80 to 90 seats. I also told him that this is not the correct way to do politics. The Congress is doing all this on the direction of Mr Chandrababu Naidu. But, they should remember that no leader in the TRS will join Congress.”...