A day after Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao dissolved assembly in the state of Telangana, Congress party being the major opposition received a big jolt from within. One of its senior-most leader and former Speaker of United Andhra Pradesh K.R. Suresh Reddy joined Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). He served as the speaker of the twelfth Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh from 2004-2009. In spite of being a very staunch supporter of the party he took the drastic decision of joining TRS citing its development agenda.
But Sources close to him have revealed that for a brief period of time he was completely neglected. He was not called for any meetings in the party and was also not involved in decision making neither at state-level nor in his home district of Nizamabad. He felt being completely isolated and eventually decided to quit the party for which three generations of his family have vociferously supported.
It is not just Mr. Suresh Reddy who has joined TRS, internal sources have also revealed that there are many other leaders who are in talks with the TRS and are ready to join them in due course of time. Many leaders and most of the cadre are not satisfied with the present Telangana PCC President Uttam Kumar Reddy, LoP Legislative Council and Congress state incharge Rama Chandra Khuntia. Congress has many strong regional leaders who are capable of winning elections despite all odds but the internal rifts within the congress are driving leaders to join the TRS and it will be advantage TRS in the coming elections unless Congress address this leadership issue.
As of today, TRS stands at an advantageous position because of a scattered congress. Only time would tell the real impact.