Is Revanth joining Congress?
THE HANS INDIA |
Oct 18,2017 , 02:36 AM IST
##BIG-IMAGE#New Delhi: Telangana TDP working president Revanth Reddy's unannounced visit to New Delhi on Tuesday stirred a hornet's nest with a few media houses speculating over the possibility of his joining the Congress.
The news spread like wildfire and speculation was rife that Revanth would be the ‘Baahubali’ of Congress party in the 2019 elections. Rumours were afloat that he would be meeting AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi at his residence. It was also said that the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee will have two working presidents and Revanth would be the second working president.
Former deputy speaker and senior Congress leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka is the TPCC working president at present. Sources said that the senior most AICC leader S Jaipal Reddy, who also happens to be a relative of Revanth Reddy, had negotiated the deal. Revanth is expected join the Congress in December, they said.
Talking to The Hans India, Revanth, however, said he had come to New Delhi on Monday evening to meet the Chief Election Commissioner to know the status of his earlier complaint to it over the TRS leadership’s fund raising policy branding it as unethical practice. He denied that he was scheduled to meet Rahul Gandhi. “There is no question of me joining Congress. It is the creation of media. I am going back to Hyderabad in the evening,” he said.
The TPCC working president also denied that Revanth was joining the party. Reacting to this, TDP Telangana unit senior leader and politburo memebr M Narsimhulu said that he was confident that Revanth would not leave the party.
When asked what would be the impact on the Telangana unit of TDP which is already in a bad shape, he said TDP might have lost some leaders after the bifurcation but its vote bank which is about 21 per cent has not been eroded.
“Even if one or two persons quit the party nothing would happen to the party,” he said. However, some political analysts do not rule out the possibility of Revanth Reddy joining the Congress. They claim that he has established contact with Congress leadership some five months ago.
“But, our leadership is still not sure how to go about it. Our high command would look into it,” said a senior Congress leader.
What fuelled the speculation further was the fact that TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy, also happened to be camping in Delhi. But, that was more on his party work ahead of the Congress Working Committee meeting.