TPCC general secretary Chalmeda resigns from Cong, announces to join TRS

K M Dayashankar


Mr Laxminarasimha Rao would join the TRS in the presence of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao at Telangana bhavan on December 8


KARIMNAGAR:  TPCC general secretary and Chairman of Chalmeda Ananda Rao institute of medical sciences (CAIMS) Chalmeda Laxminarasimha Rao on Monday tendered his resignation from the Congress party on the pretext of the party losing its identity in the Telangana state due to its internal bickering and indiscipline.

He also announced his decision to join the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) along with his supporters in the presence of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on December 8 at Telangana bhavan in Hyderabad.  Associated with the Congress party for over two and half decades, he had sent a one-sentence resignation letter to AICC president Sonia Gandhi and TPCC president A Revanth Reddy.

Disclosing this to newsmen here on Monday, Mr Laxminarasimha Rao said that he was forced to resign from the party following the bleak future of the party from the district level to the national level due to the leadership crisis. He also found fault with the Congress party for not playing the role of a responsible opposition party when the BJP government was taking up several anti-peoples policies such as essential commodities prices hike, petroleum and diesel prices hike, privatisation of PSUs and other issues.

He also alleged that the Congress party instead of winning the elections by contesting was only planning for the defeat of the TRS in the elections by indirectly supporting the BJP. Quoting the example of the Congress party fielding a non-local from the Huzurabad assembly segment during the recent by-elections, he said that it was surprising to note that the Congress party had polled only 3,000 votes in the by-elections.

He also said that the people of the state did not believe the Congress leaders as they were being sold away to the other parties after being elected on Congress tickets.  Inspired by the leadership qualities of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, he said that he was joining the TRS unconditionally. Reacting to a query, he said that he was ready to contest the ensuing elections on the TRS ticket either from Karimnagar or Vemulawada assembly segment. Even if the TRS party ticket was not given also, he would remain with the party, he stated.

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