New Delhi: At least seven Congress MLAs in Telangana have defected to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), said reports on Tuesday. The seven MLAs are expected to meet Governor E S L Narasimhan later in the day.

Congress in Telangana had said last Saturday that it had plans to meet Governor Narasimhan over the ruling TRS allegedly encouraging defections of its MLAs. It had said that it would also protest regarding the same.

As per reports, former Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily is scheduled to visit the city to keep a check on the situation, said Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader M Bhatti Vikrarmarka. Vikrarmarka added that they would meet leaders of various political parties in the country and discuss the issue.

Congress would also meet the President over the issue, he had said.

Congress had, on earlier occasions, alleged that the TRS was undermining democracy by encouraging defection of its MLAs. The TRS, however, has referred to instances of public representatives joining the Congress and asked if that too was a purchase.

At least eight out of the total of 19 Congress MLAs have announced their decision to join the TRS, led by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The development comes close to the Lok Sabha elections in Telangana which has left the Congress fluttered.

Reacting to allegations by the Congress party, Nizamabad Lok Sabha member Kalvakuntla Kavitha, daughter of chief minister Rao said, “The way the state is progressing, many senior Congress party leaders and various people from the TDP, they all want to join the TRS.”

“And when the number is more than two-thirds the of total strength, we have been encouraging them to defect. Otherwise, single MLA… we are not encouraging the defections,” Kavitha had told PTI.