Cong MPs from Telangana warn party of showdown over statehood

Venkat Reddy had been openly criticising the Congress leadership over the statehood issue for sometime now. He is also tipped to join the TRS along with his close associate and MLA Lingaiah. TRS circles claim that at least half-a-dozen MLAs of the ruling party were ready to switch sides if the Centre did not announce a decision on Telangana by 28.

"The state government, which is already so precariously placed, will fall if five MLAs and five ministers from Telangana resign," TRS MLA T Harish Rao said, addressing a protest demonstration organised by the statehood seekers at Indira Park here.

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