Days after he defected to the Congress party amidst high political drama, A Revanth Reddy continues to remain the legislator of Kodangal in Telangana's Mahabubnagar district, as his resignation letter is yet to reach the Speaker.
“We have not received any resignation letter from Revanth Reddy," Telangana legislative secretary V Narasimha Charyulu told the Times of India.
Stating that Revanth could insist on a ruling from the Speaker to act on resignations of nearly 20 MLAs belonging to opposition parties who defected to the TRS, ToI quoted his close aide saying, “In the event of acceptance of our leader's resignation, we will demand clarification over the fate of the resignations pending before the speaker. His act should not be discriminatory and if it is, we will not hesitate to move to the court."
Former state TDP working President Revanth Reddy joined the Congress party earlier this week on Tuesday, in the presence of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi.
Along with Revanth, 16 other former senior members of the TDP joined the Congress party. These include Boda Janardhan, former MLA Chinthakunta Vijaya Ramana Rao, Vaddepalli Subhash Reddy, ex-MLA Seethakka, Vempally Narendar Reddy and Rajaram Yadav. Rajaram Yadav was a prominent student leader in Osmania University, before he joined TDP in 2013.
Meanwhile, reports suggested that the Congress does not seem too keen on forcing a bye-poll to the Kodangal Assembly seat, fearing a TRS victory in the run-up to the 2019 elections.
Quoting State Congress sources, Deccan Chronicle reported that the issue of Revanth Reddy's resignation came up for discussion at an AICC meeting in Delhi recently, where it was opined that the Congress should not insist on meeting TS Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary and tendering Revanth's resignation letter.
Speculation was rife that Revanth would be switching over to the Congress after his visit to Delhi last month. Revanth was reportedly miffed with the TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu for exploring the possibility of a tie-up with TRS for the 2019 general elections.
Revanth was also the floor leader of the TDP in the Telangana state assembly, and had always been at the forefront fiercely attacking policies of the KCR government.
Meanwhile, Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao said that the TRS onslaught against the Congress would start from Kodangal, when a bye-poll would be held there, following Revanth's resignation.
KTR lashed out at Revanth, and said that the scam-hit Congress had inducted another tainted person in Revanth Reddy, as he was blatantly caught on camera, trying to bribe legislators.