TRS MLAs ‘poaching’ case: KCR claims arrested men planned to topple four non-BJP governments | The Financial Express

TRS MLAs ‘poaching’ case: KCR claims arrested men planned to topple four non-BJP governments

Rao, referring to the ‘TRS MLAs poaching case’, played a video allegedly concerning the episode which led to the arrest of three people from a farmhouse on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

TRS MLAs ‘poaching’ case: KCR claims arrested men planned to topple four non-BJP governments
Telangana CM K. Chandrashekar Rao addresses the media from Pragathi Bhavan in Hyderabad, Thursday, November 3, 2022. (PTI Photo)

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday said the persons arrested in the ‘TRS MLAs poaching’ case were allegedly planning to topple four state governments, including the one ruled by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), now renamed as the Bharat Rashtra Samithi, in the state. According to KCR, besides Telangana, Congress-ruled Rajasthan was also on the “hit-list” of the apprehended individuals, reported news agency PTI.

Rao, referring to the ‘TRS MLAs poaching case’, played a video allegedly concerning the episode which led to the arrest of three people from a farmhouse on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

“They openly say in the video we already dethroned eight (state) governments. And how they conducted the operation. Now we (the men) are in the process of dethroning four governments, i.e Telangana, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan,” he said, as quoted by PTI.

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In Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is in power, while in Andhra Pradesh, the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) is in power with Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy as the CM.

The Telangana CM further said that the trio arrested in relation to the case had named top leaders, adding that they had spoken about dethroning non-BJP governments. He said that the video evidence of the MLAs ‘poaching’ case has already been submitted before the High Court, adding that he will now send evidence to the Chief Justice of India, chief justices of all High Courts, media houses, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) for their knowledge.

The TRS chief requested the Chief Justice of India and judges to “protect the country and safeguard democracy”.

Rao further said that in a speech in Munugode in October, Home minister Amit Shah had said that the TRS government will fall within a month. Bypolls were held in the Munugode assembly constituency on Thursday.

Also Read: Telangana Police arrest three ‘BJP agents’, seize cash meant for ‘TRS MLAs’

On October 26, the Cyberabad police, acting on a complaint by MLA P Rohith Reddy, filed an FIR against three persons who were allegedly asking four TRS legislators to switch sides. The three accused have been identified as – Ramachandra Bharati, Satish Sharma, Nanda Kumar and Simhayaji Swamy.

Meanwhile, the Telangana BJP has denied any knowledge about the alleged poaching case.

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First published on: 04-11-2022 at 10:16:33 am
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