In a major blow for the TDP in Telangana, its state working President A Revanth Reddy resigned from the party and also as the MLA on Saturday.
Revanth Reddy, who plans to join the main opposition Congress party, submitted his resignation to the TDP's national president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Amaravati, and also resigned as the MLA of Kodangal.
The young leader called on Naidu in Hyderabad and submitted his resignation from the primary membership of the party. He stated in his letter that he had the utmost respect for Naidu's leadership.
The move came on a day when Naidu had called the party's Telangana leaders including Revanth to Amaravati, to discuss the party affairs.
Naidu had met the TDP leaders in Hyderabad on Friday but the meeting was inconclusive. Several TDP leaders including state president L. Ramna and M. Narasimhulu were demanding that Revanth be expelled from the party for his open moves to cross over to Congress.
Ever since Revanth’s visit to Delhi earlier this month, speculations were rife that he would be joining Congress.
It is assumed that the reason for him to switch sides is reportedly because the TDP supremo N Chandrababu was exploring the possibility of a tie-up with TRS for the 2019 general elections.
The former TDP working president told TNIE, that party seniors were exerting pressure on Naidu to engage with TRS and forge an alliance.
“My party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu assured me that no decision will be taken against my wishes with regard to forging alliances in Telangana in 2019 polls. But, some of our party seniors are exerting pressure on Naidu to join hands with the TRS,” he told TNIE earlier.
Revanth Reddy was also reportedly miffed with the grand welcome TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was given at the wedding of Paritala Sriram, son of TDP MLA Paritala Sunitha.
Both Chandrababu Naidu and KCR had graced the occasion, and TDP leader Payyavula Keshavulu showed great hospitality to the TRS chief.
The party’s internal conflict came out in the open, with both Revanth and Payyavula Keshavulu accusing each other of being corrupt.
Revanth was facing rebellion from within the party as the Telangana TDP leaders didn’t follow his cue of going on the offensive against the TRS government and KCR.
He had also recently made a sensational allegation that some Andhra Pradesh ministers got contracts worth hundreds of crores from Telangana government.
On October 25, the party had stripped him off his post as floor leader.
Revanth was an aggressive leader who dared to take on the might of KCR. Acknowledging his firebrand leadership, the TDP chief had created a post for him, of working president, which previously didn’t exist in the party.
Hailing from Mahabubnagar district, he was considered one of the key leaders of the party in Telangana. In the 2014 elections, he was elected to Telangana assembly from Kodangal constituency.
He was arrested in the ‘cash for vote’ scam in which Chandrababu Naidu allegedly tried bribing a TRS leader to join his party.
TDP has considerably weakened in the state following defection of 12 of its legislators to TRS during last three years.
With Revanth's resignation, TDP's tally in 119-member assembly will reduce to two.
(With IANS inputs)