Twelve politicians resigned from various Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) positions on Monday, citing a desire to avoid tarnishing the party’s image. The resignations occurred after prominent officials failed to attend an event hosted by TPCC Chairman Revanth Reddy.
Barely two months after Rahul Gandhi visited Telangana for his Bharat Jodo Yatra, internal strife is ripping the Telangana Congress apart.
In the most recent development, 12 leaders resigned from various Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) positions on Monday, indicating that they did not want infighting to tarnish the party’s image. The resignations occurred after prominent politicians snubbed Telangana PCC president Revanth Reddy’s ‘Haath Se Haath Jodo’ event on Sunday. In an united resignation letter which they addressed to AICC incharge of Telangana, Manickam Tagore, the leaders indicated that they were departing the roles to bring unity to the party.
The unit is now split into two sections – original Congress leaders and migrant Congress leaders. The latter refers to those who defected from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and are called Reddy sympathizers.
Revanth has joined the Congress after quitting from the TDP.
The All India Congress Committee (AICC) appointed several committees for the party on December 10, which is when the tale officially began. They included the District Congress Committee, Political Affairs Committee, and Pradesh Executive Committee, among others. Since they were excluded from the committees, many senior executives were unhappy with their composition. They said that as the panels were being made, loyalists were ignored.
Cong establishes political affairs, executive committees, appoints 24 vice presidents, and 84 general secretaries in the Telangana unit.
Sunil Kanugolu’s Congress social media war room was raided by the police on December 13 for posting “derogatory” comments on chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR).
Uttam Kumar Reddy, a prominent Congress politician and Nalgonda MP, made headlines on December 17 when he claimed that the data obtained by police contained several offensive posts against key Congress leaders. The Nalgonda MP claimed that they would soon begin a ‘Save Congress’ campaign, which will be supported by senior leaders such as T Jagga Reddy, Damodar Raja Narasimha, M Kodanda Reddy, and Madhu Goud Yaskhi. Uttam said that 54 TDP members had defected to the newly constituted committees, and that loyalists who had toiled for the party for 40 years had been neglected.
“Since Revanth Reddy took control, his gang has started posting on social media against their own party officials,” a senior Congress leader told News18. He has not pursued any legal action against them. He does not labour for the sake of the party. Bhatti Vikramarka attended an all-party meeting organised by KCR last year. Prior to that, Revanth and I discussed the party’s position on the subject. However, when media reports surfaced following the meeting claiming that Vikramarka met with KCR because he was dissatisfied with the Congress, Revanth did not care to clarify. These actions tarnish the party’s image.”