K. Venkat Reddy says he will resign if decision not made soon
Nalgonda MLA and former Minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy announced on Monday that he would resign from his Assembly membership if the Centre failed to make public its decision by December 9 on the formation of Telangana. On December 9, 2009, the government had announced initiation of the statehood formation.
Talking to press persons, along with Nakrekal MLA Ch. Lingaiah, after garlanding former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s statue at Panagal, to mark her 95th birth anniversary, Mr. Reddy said that if the government did not announce its decision he would join the party as desired by the people.
His decision comes in the wake of widespread speculation that the Komatireddy brothers (Mr. Rajagopal Reddy is Bhongir MP) are likely to jump on to the YSR Congress bandwagon.
He reiterated that the Congress party would be wiped out in the region if the government did not concede to the popular demand.
Significantly, Mr. Venkat Reddy said that the people believed that the YSRC leader and Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy was ‘unjustly’ jailed, while posing a question as to why no action was being taken against Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao.
He said that several development projects had been taken up in the district during the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s regime.
Commitment to cause
The MLA asserted that he was committed to the separate State. He urged Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K. Chandrasekhar Rao to set aside the party’s goals and join hands with Telangana protagonists in achieving statehood.
He said that parties advocating the Telangana cause should not let down the people; otherwise, they would lose faith in parties, such as the Congress and Telugu Desam.
To protest Mr. Reddy’s decision, activists of Telangana Jagruti and BDSF set fire to his effigy at Clock Tower, dubbing him a ‘Telangana traitor’.
They raised slogans that the legislator had sold himself to the Seemandhra leadership.
Members of TRSV too burnt Mr. Reddy’s effigy to protest his ‘betrayal’ towards Telangana interest. B. Nagarjuna, TRSV State secretary, alleged that the Komatireddy brothers would ultimately join YSRC party.
He said that the activists would not allow them to move in the town.
Meanwhile, Panchayat Raj Minister K. Jana Reddy was ‘gheraoed’ by Mr. Venkat Reddy’s supporters when he came to garland Indira Gandhi’s statue.
They raised slogans demanding that the Minister resign.
Mr. Jana Reddy, after an argument with the protestors, said that the MLA should resign from his seat.