Hyderabad: Nine members of Legislative Council -- including five from Congress and two from TDP -- in Telangana today crossed over to TRS, boosting the strength of the ruling party in the upper house.
TRS also got a shot in the arm in the Legislative Assembly, with BSP MLAs A Indrakaran Reddy and Koneru Konappa joining it.
The legislators joined TRS today in the presence of party supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
TRS`s strength in the 119-member Assembly now goes up to 65.
The nine MLCs are: K R Amos, Jagadeesh Reddy, Bhanuprasad Rao, Rajalingam and Bhoopal Reddy (all Congress); Venkateswarlu and Salim (both TDP); Pula Ravinder and Janardhan Reddy (both elected from teachers` constituencies).
This takes TRS`s strength in the Council to 15 from earlier four (with two party leaders getting appointed as Governor`s nominees).
Speaking on this occasion, Chief Minister Rao lashed out at his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu, saying that some of his actions were anti-Telangana.
Rao referred to the Centre`s ordinance on Polavaram irrigation project and merger of certain villages with Andhra Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh government`s decision to cancel the power purchase agreements among other things, saying that these actions were against the interests of Telangana.