Former Telangana TDP chief Ramana joins TRS

On 9 July, Ramana had resigned from his post as the president of Telangana TDP and the party.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  12 July 2021 9:53 AM GMT
Former Telangana TDP chief Ramana joins TRS

Hyderabad: The former president of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Telangana unit, L. Ramana, joined the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Monday in the presence of the party's working president KT Rama Rao.

On 9 July, Ramana had resigned from his post as the president of Telangana TDP and the party.

While resigning he had said, "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."

On 8 July, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had invited Ramana into the party's fold.

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

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

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

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