In a major setback to Professor Kodandaram’s Telangana Jana Simithi (TJS), party vice president Rachana Reddy has quit the party, alleging massive corruption in issuing of tickets for the upcoming Assembly elections in the state. Rachana along with Marri Aditya and other leaders resigned from party, accusing Kodandaram of having a secret deal with People’s Front.
Rachana said, "Kodandaram is deliberately losing by aligning with Congress, while Congress doesn't know if they want to win or lose." She claimed that several “parachute candidates” and political brokers were entertained, while the sincere candidates were bulldozed. She said, "Thousands of cadres who came behind you (Kodandaram) have been deprived of their political futures. We thought there would be an alternative government, but now this is not an option. They (Telangana Jana Samithi) don't even have the common sense to come into power."
She further added, "The people of Telangana have been defrauded as the party is indulging in match-fixing." She is also against the invitation to Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu to campaign in the state of Telangana despite the bifurcation.
Ruling out media contentions when reporters asked her if she was quitting the party as she failed to receive a seat in elections, she added that there was no equality in either the Prajakutami or in the TJS. It is not just enough to provide the people of Telangana with an alternative, the advocate said.
Marri Aditya, another TJS leader, slammed Kodandaram for not standing up when OBC and other marginalised leaders were denied seats. He said, "Despite being an advocate of social justice, Kodandaram raised no objections when the majority of the seats were given to Reddys. By doing injustice to OBC’s, he has backstabbed the people of Telangana. You (Kodandaram) kept accusing KCR of not doing anything, but what have you done? This is sheer injustice."
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