HYDERABAD: With scores of former councillors from the Congress and TDP reportedly insisting on the holding of the civic body election as a pre-condition for them joining the pink party, the TRS government is mulling holding the GHMC elections as early as June this year. The good performance in the recently-held Secunderabad Cantonment Board elections too has pumped up the enthusiasm in the TRS leadership to go for the civic poll, sources said.
TRS sources claimed that as many as 30 TDP and Congress councillors from the recently expired council and at least four sitting MLAs in the GHMC limits are keen on joining the TRS.
Among those joining the TRS is Singireddy Srinivas Reddy, TDP floor leader in the last GHMC council, who represented Saidabad ward. While he confirmed that he would join the TRS on January 23 along with his four fellow TDP councillors, Singireddy said he was expecting the civic polls to be held around June as he felt that the situation was favourable for the KCR-led party.
According to sources, the former councillors from both the TDP and Congress are negotiating with the TRS leaders in small groups and bargaining hard for good posts while pressing for early polls. Confirming the development, Congress ex-councillor Harivardhan Reddy (Habsiguda) said he is in touch with irrigation minister T Harish Rao. Claiming the support of over 10 Congress councillors, Harivardhan Reddy said he will aim for the post of GHMC mayor after the elections.
Among the TDP councillors lined up to join the TRS are G Srinivas Reddy (Malakpet), Kotha Rama Rao (Kapra), Sama Prabhakar Reddy (Hayathnagar), and V Prakash Goud (Kothapet). They are said to be in touch with former TDP and now TRS leaders – Talasani Srinivas Yadav and Teegala Krishna Reddy.