Telangana: MP Vishveshwar Reddy resigns from TRS, blames party for becoming “distant” from voters
Political analysts say, Reddy’s resignation could sway election outcomes in 7 to 10 assembly constituencies in and around Hyderabad, in what is being seen as a two-way contest between TRS and Congress
In a huge setback to the prospects of Telangana Rashtra Samithi ahead of state elections on December 7, party MP from Chevella Konda Vishweshwar Reddy on Tuesday resigned from the state’s ruling party as well as his Lok Sabha membership.
“Regretfully, based on multiple incidences, I began to feel (especially in the last two years), that we as a party were becoming more and more distant, from the very people, whom we had once represented extremely well. We as a government were becoming inaccessible to the people,” Reddy, the richest MP in the newly created state with assets worth Rs 528 crore, said in his three-page resignation letter sent to party president and caretaker chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
A popular and influential face in the state politics, Reddy is the son-in-law of Apollo Hospitals chairman Pratap C Reddy, with his wife Sangita Reddy being the Managing Director of the premier hospital chain. Reddy’s grandfather, KV Ranga Reddy, was the former deputy chief minister of Andhra Pradesh in the Congress government.
Political analysts say that Reddy’s resignation could sway election outcomes in seven to ten assembly constituencies in and around Hyderabad, in what is being seen as a two-way contest between TRS and Congress.
In his resignation note, Reddy gave out five main reasons that prompted his resignation, namely
- Personal Level
- Injustice to karyakarthas who worked for Telangana statehood
- The constituency level
- Our state level
- Our Party level
Reddy further said in his resignation letter, “The party has inducted people who were against Telangana and our ideology into the Cabinet and given them more power and prominence. I feel people who were fighting for Telangana and share a common ideology, including me, are no longer needed in the party.”