Azad slams AP Cong defectors

Taking a dig at leaders in Andhra Pradesh who have quit the Congress to join the Telangana Rastriya Samiti (TRS), Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday said that they have defected for personal gains and to ensure tickets for their kin in the coming elections, and not for the cause of Telangana.

“Unfortunately, the people who are joining today… they are joining as an individual to make politics a business,” said Azad, who is also the All-India Congress Committee general secretary and in-charge of Andhra Pradesh.

The Congress suffered a severe jolt in Andhra Pradesh when its senior leader and former Pradesh Congress Committee chief K Keshava Rao and MPs G Vivekananda and Manda Jagannatham quit last week to join the TRS, which is spearheading the movement for Telangana’s statehood.

Unfazed by the action of the three leaders, Azad said in an interview to a private television channel: “The way they have struck deals with the TRS is that those who are resigning will get MP tickets, and their children will get MLA tickets.”

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