Curtains for TDP in TS with party president L Ramana resigns to join TRS

It is curtains for Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the state as L. Ramana, the president of party’s Telangana unit has resigned from his post and the party altogether and is likely to join Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  9 July 2021 11:03 AM GMT
Curtains for TDP in TS with party president L Ramana resigns to join TRS

Hyderabad: It is curtains for Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the state as L. Ramana, the president of party's Telangana unit has resigned from his post and the party altogether and is likely to join Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

"In the wake of the changing political equations in Telangana, I decided to join the Telangana Rashtra Samithi with the idea of being closer to the people and participating in the progress of the state. I am resigning from the post of Telugu Desam Party Telangana State unit President. A heartfelt thank you for supporting my growth over the past 30 years," said Ramana. On Thursday, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had invited Ramana into the party's fold and work for achieving a social change.

On 8 April, TDP's lone MLA M. Nageshwar Rao joined the ruling TRS. Another TDP MLA Sandra Venkata Veeraiah had quit and joined TRS much earlier. Both Nageshwar Rao and Venkata Veeraiah on 8 April met Assembly speaker Pocharam Srinivasa Reddy and submitted a letter seeking a merger of TDP with the TRS.

Soon thereafter, Assembly secretary V. Narasimha Chary issued a bulletin merging TDLP with TRSLP, thereby formally ending the presence of TDP in the Telangana Legislative Assembly.

Telugu Desam had won as many as 15 seats in elections held immediately after the bifurcation of united Andhra Pradesh and the formation of Telangana in 2014. In 2018, only two of its candidates were elected MLAs from the erstwhile Khammam district. Veeraiah, who is accused in a note-for-vote case involving former TD leader and now Congress MP A. Revanth Reddy, joined the ruling TRS a year after getting elected from Sattupally in 2018. Apparently, under pressure from TDP national president N. Chandrababu Naidu, the Aswaraopeta MLA deferred his wish to join TRS till Wednesday.

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