The Congress party on Friday alleged that former Nizamabad MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha is indulging in horse-trading of MPTCs, ZPTCs, Municipal Councillors and Corporators, to win the MLC elections from Nizambabad Local Bodies and demanded that the Election Commission initiate stern action against her.
A delegation comprising TPCC Working President and Malkajgiri MP Revanth Reddy, former minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir, Congress MLC candidate V. Subhash Reddy and Ramareddy ZPTC N Mohan Reddy met the Chief Electoral Officer Dr Shashank Goel at his office today.
“Ruling TRS Party is brazenly indulging in violation of Code of Conduct in the ongoing Nizamabad MLC Elections (Local Bodies) as the contesting candidate from TRS Kavitha Kalvakuntla is a daughter of the Chief Minister of Telangana. Therefore, they hatched a conspiracy to win these elections by hook or crook and hence resorted to illegal means of violating the code of conduct,” they said.
Speaking to media persons later, Shabbir Ali said that TRS Ministers, especially Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Member of Parliament BB Patil, Govt Whip G. Govardhan and other MLAs from Nizamabad and Kamareddy districts have been openly violating the Model of Code of Conduct without fear from the election authorities.
“TRS leaders are indulging in horse-trading of MPTCs, ZPTCs, Municipal Councillors & Corporators, belonging to all opposition parties. Since TRS does not have sufficient numbers to win the elections, they are threatening or luring the elected representatives of other parties to join TRS to ensure Kavitha’s victory. Their actions are a real threat to democracy. This must be stopped immediately if we wish to protect our democracy and constitution,” he said.
Shabbir Ali informed that the Congress leaders submitted the complete list of MPTCs, ZPTCs, Municipal Councilors & Corporators who were forcibly defected to TRS. He said the behaviour of ruling TRS clearly shows that the MLC elections were not free and fair in any manner. Therefore, he said that the CEO has been urged to take immediate action under relevant laws and rules to stop horse-trading and contain the politics of luring or intimidation.