Desertions rock the Congress party as the elections near

The Congress party leadership that is encouraging the joining of leaders of other parties is now worried that its loyalists are leaving the party. The party prospects will be affected severely as the loyalists enjoy more popular support in their respective constituencies.

Latest is the Malkajgiri constituency in charge Nandikanti Sridhar who left the party with his followers as the party favoured Mynampalli Hanumantha Rao who recently joined the party from BRS. Medak district president Kantareddy Thirupathi Reddy also resigned from the party. The leaders accused the leadership of ignoring the loyalists who have been with the party through thick and thin. Now it is favouring those who joined the party from other parties who are economically very sound.

The newly joined leaders too are worried about the internal bickerings of the party as their confidence is shaken with the threats from local leaders. All is not well within the Congress party. The TPCC president A Revanth Reddy’s dominance is being opposed by the seniors. The seniors too do not want to shoulder the responsibility of election work and leave it entirely to Mr Revanth Reddy.

Mr Nandikanti Sridhar in his resignation letter said how he toiled for the party for three decades and how he was denied the ticket. Meanwhile, the TPCC leadership is accused of selling away the party tickets to aspiring candidates. The party leadership is accepting precious lands or cash in favour of issuing tickets to candidates, according to party leaders who came out openly with their allegations.

The party high command in New Delhi seems to be oblivious to all these developments in Telangana state. It is yet to finalise the list of candidates for the ensuing Assembly elections. It is lagging behind even the BJP that has already drafted its central leaders including PM Modi for the election campaign in the state.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao