After days of political suspense, the saga of Telangana TDP leader Revanth Reddy's reported defection may finally end on Saturday, as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and party chief N Chandrababu Naidu has called for a meeting in Vijayawada.
"Revanth Reddy is going to Vijayawada for the meeting with Naidu. It is going to be a farewell party meeting for Revanth," TOI quoted sources close to the leader saying.
This comes after Naidu met with Revanth in Hyderabad, after convening a meeting of the party's central committee and politburo members, but left for Amaravati without taking a final call.
According to reports, Telangana TDP president L Ramana briefed Naidu on Revanth Reddy’s reported meeting with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi and the subsequent developments.
Stating that a decision would be taken on Saturday, Naidu advised all TDP leaders to refrain from making statements until then.
Meanwhile, other reports suggested that the party may just wait for Revanth to put in his papers.
“Why should we suspend or expel him? We have removed him from the two posts. If he wants to remain in the party and retain the posts, he should convince Mr Naidu. Our reports say he will quit on his own in the next few days,” Deccan Chronicle quoted a source as saying.
Earlier this week, the TDP relieved Revanth Reddy of his duties as the Telangana working president and party floor leader in the state’s Legislative Assembly, for his ‘anti-party’ activities.
Ever since Revanth’s visit to Delhi, infuriated TDP leaders have demanded his expulsion from the party. However, the party has maintained restraint until Chandrababu Naidu returned to India from a foreign tour.
Meanwhile, amidst wide speculation that Revanth would be joining Congress, his aides in Kodangal shifted loyalties to the TRS party.
At the party Politburo meeting held last week, there were alleged heated exchanges between Revanth Reddy and other senior leaders over his Delhi tour with the former saying, "I will give an explanation only to Chandrababu Naidu".
The 47-year-old leader, who is also the floor leader of the TDP in the State Assembly, has always been at the forefront fiercely attacking policies of the KCR government.
He is expected to defect sometime in November.