Telangana police said they were trying to poach the priorities of Telangana’s ruling party, and three people were detained in a farmhouse as they tried to reach a deal. Police chief Stephen Ravindra told NDTV in an exclusive interview that the four MLAs of Telangana Rashtra Samithi who were reported to police were targeted. The deals could be worth 100 crore rupees or more, the sources said. In this case, they offered Rs 100 crore to key figures, plus Rs 500 crore per MLA, a source said.
Police said the farmhouse in Aziz Nagar was searched this evening. Mr Ravindra told NDTV that the MLA had called the police, saying they were “lure and bribed to change parties”. “They said they got big money, contracts and jobs to switch parties,” he added.
He added that so far, the police have determined that the detained man came to Hyderabad under a false identity.
Police said the detainees identified themselves as Satish Sharma, alias Ram Chandra Bharati, priest of Faridabad, Haryana, Prophet D Simhayaji of Tirupati, and businessman Nanda Kumar.
Tandur MLA pilot Rohit Reddy, who brokered the deal at his farmhouse, is described as the complainant. Four MLAs were brought to Pragathi Bhavan, the residence of the Chief Minister.
Since 2019, there have been claims that the BJP is trying to launch “Operation Lotus” in Telangana, another southern state where the party has yet to find a foothold.
Events in Maharashtra have fueled that narrative, where the BJP-backed Eknath Shinde rebellion toppled Uddhav Thackeray’s government earlier this year.
Recently, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi party claimed that the BJP was trying to poach its priorities in Delhi and Punjab.
In August, it was reported that a BJP leader claimed that the priorities of about 18 TRS would soon join the BJP.
Telangana BJP leader DK Aruna and BJP MP D Arvind from Nizamabad said Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his party organised a “horse trade show” to distract from Munugode.
“It was a drama. The KCR understood the failure of TRS in Munugode. So they orchestrated the drama,” said BJP leader Vivek Venkataswamy.