‘Foreign hand’ led to defection of 3 Cong MLAs

"Foreign hand" coupled with "intelligence failure" are being cited as the main reasons for the exit of three MLAs from the Congress in Telangana.

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2011, 23:29 PM IST

Hyderabad: "Foreign hand" coupled with
"intelligence failure" are being cited as the main reasons for
the exit of three MLAs from the ruling Congress in Telangana.

Kadapa MP and YSR Congress party president YS Jaganmohan
Reddy is suspected to be the "foreign hand" that engineered
the first exodus of ruling party legislators from Telangana.

The three MLAs -- Jupalli Krishna Rao, T Rajaiah and
Somarapu Satyanarayana -- said to have close links with Jagan
and had joined TRS as part of a tacit understanding between
the YSR Congress and the pro-Telangana outfit, informed
sources said.
Since they cannot openly come out in support of Jagan at
a time when the statehood struggle is on a high, the trio
chose to get into TRS as part of a larger political game plan,
the sources added.

Jupalli, Rajaiah and Satyanarayana have their own reasons
as well for switching sides and the Telangana statehood cause
was used only as a pretext.
Late last night, Congress General Secretary Ghulam Nabi
Azad called both chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and
Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana and
gave them an earful for having "failed grossly" to prevent
defection of the three party MLAs to Telangana Rashtra Samiti.

PTI