Vanama says he will join TRS, becomes 8th Cong MLA to do so

This makes him the eighth Congress legislator to do so and in the process, the strength of Congress, the principal opposition party in the Legislative Assembly, is set to collapse from 19 to eleven.

By Author  |  Published: 17th Mar 2019  5:33 pmUpdated: 17th Mar 2019  7:37 pm
File photo of Kothagudem MLA Vanama Venkateswara Rao

Hyderabad: Congress MLA from Kothagudem Vanama Venkateswara Rao said that his decision to quit the Congress and join TRS follows Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s assurance of assistance for comprehensive development of his constituency. “I have also discussed this issue with my supporters and party leaders in the constituency. I have full faith in Chief Minister’s leadership and have decided to join the TRS,” he said.

He said it was the Chief Minister who fulfilled the long-standing demand to carve out Kothagudem district, besides leading the efforts to provide irrigation to erstwhile Khammam district through completion of Sitarama and Bhaktha Ramadas irrigation projects. Vanama also said he was willing to resign from the MLA post and contest again on a TRS party ticket.

Vanama’s decision to leave Congress also makes him the fourth MLA to leave the party from erstwhile Khammam district. Before him, Rega Kantha Rao from Pinapaka, Banoth Haripriya from Illendu, K Upender Reddy from Palair constituencies announced their decisions to leave the Congress party. The other Congress MLAs to announce similar decisions are Atram Sakku from Asifabad, Chirumarthi Lingaiah from Nakrekal, Sabitha Indra Reddy from Maheshwaram and D Sudheer Reddy from LB Nagar constituencies.

Krishank too

Meanwhile, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary and official spokesperson M Krishnak who announced his resignation from the party on Saturday, on Sunday said he will join the TRS on Monday in the presence of TRS working president KT Rama Rao at Telangana Bhavan.

Krishank, who tried to get the party ticket from Secunderabad Cantonment Assembly constituency, was thwarted in his attempt by his uncle Sarve Satyanarayana who managed to get the party ticket only to lose to TRS candidate G Sayanna by a margin of 37,563 votes. He said he would “rather be in a party in which youngsters are given respect and where Telangana movement participants have space.”