The internal crisis in Telangana Congress came to the fore on Friday, August 5, when senior leader and Congress party’s national spokesperson Dasoju Sravan quit the party blaming the functioning style of the Telangana state unit president Revanth Reddy. The national spokesperson's resignation comes just days after Munugode MLA Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy made similar accusations against Revanth Reddy and resigned from the party.
Sravan alleged that Revanth Reddy was running the party as a “private property.” He said that Revanth Reddy was damaging the party’s prospects by giving MLA seats to people who had opposed the formation of Telangana state.
“I am resigning from the primary membership, and all positions in the party as it's not possible to work for the values, which Congress leaders like Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi preach and stand for,” Sravan said.
High drama prevailed before the resignation as several Congress leaders tried to convince Sravan against calling it quits. However, even after deliberations, Sravan stood firm and offered his resignation.
“While I joined the Congress party in 2014, I knew that the Congress would not come to power, yet I decided to join Congress as I wanted to fight against KCR who is bringing up anti-Telangana faces. I was inspired by Sonia Gandhi who accorded Telangana statehood and by Rahul Gandhi’s ideas of social justice,” said Sravan.
He also alleged that the party under the leadership of Revanth Reddy is being run like a mafia and added that none of the campaign programmes taken under Revanth Reddy were continued.
“I strongly believe that Congress won’t come to power under the leadership of Revanth as it is not progressing to become an alternative to the ruling TRS due to the immature operation of the party by Revanth,” said Sravan, while claiming that he was tightlipped about everything that was going on despite facing humiliation.
Sravan is known for his oratory skills and as an expert translator, his exit from the Congress is being seen as a massive setback. Sravan has translated the speeches of Rahul Gandhi into Telugu during his visits and public addresses in Telangana.
Sravan, who hails from Chary (Vishwabrahmin) caste, which is one of the weaker sections categorised under Backward Classes (BCs), alleged that Revanth Reddy doesn’t believe in the idea of social justice and neither respects backward classes nor the Constitution of India. “I have come here (Congress) to fight against KCR’s feudalism but not to become a slave. He doesn’t want to see any BC leader grow but he wants them to be slaves,” an emotional Sravan alleged.
While Sravan claims that he is not joining the BJP, sources in the BJP said that Sravan has been in touch with the saffron party for nearly six months now. He is likely to announce his decision of joining the party only after he meets the senior leadership in Delhi. The BJP has not given him any assurance so far and that is what is keeping him from announcing his decision of joining the party, according to BJP sources.
Sravan’s resignation from Congress is the second one this week. Earlier, senior Congress leader and Munugode MLA Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy quit the party following months of speculation. Rajagopal Reddy too levelled accusations against Revanth Reddy and claimed that people in the party had conspired against him.