Is Prathap Reddy who quit TDP in quandary?
s Vanteru Prathap Reddy, the charismatic leader in Gajwel constituency from Telugu Desam Party (TDP), who had said goodbye to the party recently, in a situation of quandary after quitting the party which gave him political life? According to the close circles, the ex-TDP leader is in the similar situation facing a catch-22 situation to keep his political prospects live in the constituency.
Gajwel: Is Vanteru Prathap Reddy, the charismatic leader in Gajwel constituency from Telugu Desam Party (TDP), who had said goodbye to the party recently, in a situation of quandary after quitting the party which gave him political life? According to the close circles, the ex-TDP leader is in the similar situation facing a catch-22 situation to keep his political prospects live in the constituency after his calculated resignation to the primary membership and positions in the TDP recently.
After biting the dust twice in 2009 and 2014 Assembly polls, the undeterred Prathap Reddy did not resort to leave the party even the warhorses were defecting from the TDP. He stuck to the TDP with his true-blue supporters and party cadre in the constituency even Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is representing from Gajwel with the unprecedented developmental works towards making it a model constituency in the state.
However, after his touted reluctant farewell to the TDP after a lot of revisiting and taking stock of his political career with the opinions of his cadre to join the Congress party which is now dearth of strong leadership in the constituency in the presence of its president Rahul Gandhi to make it count, Prathap Reddy is reportedly getting lukewarm response from the Congress party as the top brasses are not so welcoming his parting with TDP unlike his expectation.
To get the appointment of Rahul Gandhi, he relied on former Deputy Chief Minister Damodara Rajanarasimha but could not make it till now as it kept on postponing since a month. Though there is no confirmation, there have been reports that he is going to join the Congress party on May 18 in the presence of its president; it also seems difficult due to Karnataka politics.
Supporters are not happy and left forlorn?
Despite boasting his joining Congress with the support of few of his cadre, the inner circles say, lion’s share of his followers and cadre are not happy with his decision to shake hands with the Oppositon party in Telangana as there has been no proper response from the party citing Revanth Reddy’s position in the Congress after his defection from TDP. Already Gajwel Municipalty councillor Durga Prasad, who is said to be his loyal supporter, stated that he was not going along with Prathap Reddy post his resignation.
Some of the loyal activists and cadre are reportedly complaining about the integrity of their leader all these years as they are feeling completely betrayed by his selfish decision. Faulting his decision, according to a fly on the wall, keeping in view of their forlorn condition, some of his vexed activists and followers are talking sense into him and also trying for clandestine discussions with leader Harish Rao and Medak MP K Prabhakar Reddy to join the TRS as they find safe havens in the ruling party.
There were also rumours of cashing in on his standing against TRS supremo in 2014. Even some opine that it’s a touch and go situation whether he gets the appointment of Congress president. Leaving this scenario in a state of quandary, the befuddled Prathap Reddy is anyhow trying hard for Rahul Gandhi’s appointment to join the Congress as soon as possible hoping his berth in next combat.
Turning table on the TRS?
Prathap Reddy’s tarot readers are saying that there would be no weightage for him in Congress and apparently there is a fat chance of winning the 2019 elections from here against the TRS in the backdrop of development that completely changed the face of Gajwel by CM KCR. As the TDP is vacated in the pretty famous constituency now, the political analysts say that the former TDP leader, who dwells on the allegations and dharnas against the ruling party becoming a tough nut to crack for the TRS party, is trying to turn the tables on the TRS to better his political prospects.
At the same time they are saying there will be a fat chance for Prathap Reddy, whose charisma has been faded and was eclipsed by stalwart KCR’s entry into Gajwel politics and with his development, in 2019 elections even if he enters the largest Congressparty.
BY Srinivas Janagama