Several senior leaders in the Telangana unit of the Congress put in their papers on Saturday, in an effort to ask party President Rahul Gandhi to withdraw his resignation. While Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) working president Ponnam Prabhakar resigned from all his party positions on Friday, All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary V Hanumantha Rao and TPCC working president A Revanth Reddy followed suit on Saturday.
The resignations come at a time when the Congress in Telangana is already facing a schism with several party loyalists forming an 'independent forum' to demand the ouster of TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy and AICC in-charge for Telangana, R C Khuntia.
Irked by the Congress' inability to win in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections held in the state, the senior leaders, who were part of the forum, were also upset that the BJP was gaining ground in the state and planning to emerge as the main opposition party.
Marri Shashidhar Reddy, Sambani Chandrasekhar, M Kodanda Reddy, A Shyam Mohan and G Niranjan were among the leaders who participated in a meeting of the forum earlier this week.
V Hanumantha Rao, who was also part of the forum, said that Uttam and Khuntia had failed in discharging their duties.
â€śIt should be the prime responsibility of the general secretary for the partyâ€™s poor performance in his state. They should be held accountable for their actions and, to that effect, monitored to ensure they are actually visiting parts of the state they ought to visit or are making efforts to strengthen the party and to check whether they are meeting party workers or colluding with a particular group of leaders,â€ť Rao said in his resignation letter on Saturday.
Even leaders such as sitting Sangareddy MLA T Jayaprakash Reddy alias Jagga Reddy had earlier suggested that a change was necessary for the TPCC if it hopes to revive itself from the battered state that it presently is in. Several names of leaders who were vying for the TPCC chief post were also doing the rounds in the media but Khuntia said that there was no such proposal under consideration by the AICC.