In a big jolt to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) ahead of the December 7 assembly elections, its parliamentarian Konda Vishweshwar Reddy on Tuesday resigned from the party.
Reddy, the richest MP from Telangana with declared assets of over Rs 528 crore, represents Chevella parliamentary constituency in Ranga Reddy district, closer to Hyderabad. He is the son-in-law of Apollo Hospitals Group chairman Pratap C Reddy and his wife is Sangita Reddy, managing director of Apollo Hospitals.
Reddy announced that he was also quitting his Lok Sabha membership. It is not immediately known whether the MP has any plans to join the Congress or any other party in the coming days. He has been keeping away from party’s electioneering in the assembly segments falling under Chevella parliamentary constituency.
In his three-page letter addressed to TRS president and caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Reddy alleged that the party was getting distanced more and more from the people which it had once represented and the government was becoming inaccessible to the people.
He regretted that the chief minister had inducted people who were against Telangana and the ideology into the cabinet and given them more power and prominence. “I feel people who had fought for Telangana and shared a common ideology, including me, are no longer needed in the party,” he said.
Reddy is said to be upset with the TRS leadership for allegedly sidelining him and giving more importance to transport minister P Mahendar Reddy who hails from the same district.