After a gap of nearly 18 months, the Congress party appears to have succeeded in bringing back the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) to its fold.
According to sources, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ponnala Lakshmaiah held a secret meeting with MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi seeking his support, if needed, to form the next government in Telangana. Further, he asked Owaisi to support the Congress party, which he hoped would form the government on its own. During the two-hour long meeting, Asad Owaisi reportedly submitted a list of demands seeking special package for Old City and Communal Violence (Prevention) Act in the Assembly.
Ponnala has reportedly agreed to accept all the demands and also gave a letter confirming the same. He also reportedly wrote to the Congress High Command informing them about the development.
Sources say that the deal between the two parties was struck through former ministers Danam Nagender and M Mukesh Goud. Another former minister Mohammad Ali Shabbir, who is said to be having good relationship with Owaisi brothers, stayed away from the development.