HYDERABAD: Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar on Thursday claimed that 12 TRS MLAs were ready to join the party. "There will be a series of byelections in Telangana soon, just as one that will be held in Munugode constituency," Sanjay said.
Sanjay made the claim while speaking with reporters near Bhongir on the third day of his Praja Sangrama Yatra that began at the Yadadri temple town on Monday.
The state BJP president said the TRS MLAs had realised that there was no future for them in the ruling party after comprehending that there was increasing opposition among people towards the TRS, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, and his family. Sanjay, who did not name any of the 12 TRS MLAs who he said were willing to join the BJP and provide any other details, said they are convinced that they had no future in the TRS. "They will quit after people from their constituencies prepare the ground for their leaving the TRS by bringing pressure on the MLAs."
Sanjay also claimed that if elections were held today, the BJP would win 62 seats. The Assembly has 119 seats and the half-way mark is 60. The BJP, he said, had some surveys conducted which reported that the party would, if elections were held now, receive a vote share between 47 and 53 per cent.
"People are vexed with the TRS government and the days ahead will see more people turning away from the TRS and support the BJP and our vote share increase further," Sanjay said.
He also said, "Ever since the (casino organizer) Chikoti Praveen Kumar case came to light after the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) entered the scene, word is doing the rounds that some members in the KCR family are connected to the case. Some TRS leaders whose names are doing the rounds as being involved in the casino and gambling run by Praveen have shut their offices. But all the details will come to light soon."