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Samarasimha Reddy meets Naidu

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Triggers speculation that he may join Telugu Desam Party

Samarasimha Reddy
Samarasimha Reddy

Former Congress Minister D.K. Samarasimha Reddy called on TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu at his residence here on Thursday, triggering speculation that he might join the TDP. He was accompanied by TDP MLA from the district K. Dayakar Reddy.

Mr. Samarasimha Reddy, an influential Minister who held the portfolio of law in 1989-94, has been in political oblivion since he quit Congress in 1999. He joined the Telangana Rashtra Samiti in 2003 but was suspended for anti-party activities shortly and thereafter he went with the BJP for a few months. He is a four-time MLA from Gadwal in Mahbubnagar district.

His readmission into Congress when K. Rosaiah was the Chief Minister, was stoutly opposed by his sister-in-law and present Information and Public Relations Minister D.K. Aruna who now represents Gadwal constituency. In fact, a meeting for him with AP Congress Committee (APCC) president Botcha Satyanarayana at Gandhi Bhavan was also fixed but called off later. Mr. Reddy and Mr. Rosaiah were Ministerial colleagues in the Cabinets of Channa Reddy and Kotla Vijayabhaskara Reddy.

Mr. Reddy quit the Congress at a time when his bête noire Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was at the helm of APCC as president. The former was said to have initiated action against the mining business of YSR’s family in Kadapa as Law Minister. After that, he was seen making occasional visits to the office of the Congress Legislature Party in Assembly.

He lost to his younger brother Bharatsimha Reddy who has many business interests, in 1994 elections. The latter was an independent but moved closer to TDP later. It left the elder sibling no room to join the TDP but Mr. Bharatsimha Reddy and his wife themselves quit TDP subsequently.

However, Mr. Samarasimha Reddy met Mr. Naidu a day after the latter suffered injuries when the dais set up as part of his padayatra crashed at Gadwal.


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