The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) suffered a setback in Telangana today as the state working president and lawmaker A Revanth Reddy quit the party saying the recent happenings in the state unit pained him.
"As a leader who stood by the masses during their thick and thin, I have made a decision to fight for the liberation of people of Telangana from the autocratic rule of KCR and am herewith giving my resignation from the party's primary membership, working president of TTDP and membership of the Legislative Assembly", he said in his letter. TRS president and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao took advantage of the situation and admitted 12 TD MLAs into the ruling party, giving the impression to TD cadre as well as leaders that their ultimate destination should be the TRS. Moreover, Naidu was requested by few leaders for one-on-one meetings. TDP supremo advised Revanth not to join Congress as the party's winning prospects in the 2019 elections are remote.
Naidu also directed Revanth and all the Telangana leaders to attend another meeting organized in Amaravathi on Saturday.
Revanth Reddy was supposed to join the Congress after a couple of weeks at a grand rally addressed by Rahul Gandhi, post the latter's appointment as Congress president sometime in November. While TDP leaders said they were heading to Vijayawada, Revanth did not speak to the media.
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.
With Revanth's resignation, TDP's tally in 119-member assembly will reduce to two.