Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: K. Kala Venkata Rao quit the Praja Rajyam and faxed his resignation to party president K. Chiranjeevi as a prelude to re-joining the Telugu Desam Party on May 26, a day before the commencement of Mahanadu.

One of the prominent leaders in North Coastal Andhra, Mr. Kalavenkata Rao was among a group of TDP leaders who quit the party to take plunge into the then newly-floated PR, before the 2009 elections. His desertion leaves PR with only two more leaders who quit the TDP – C. Ramachandraiah and K. Vidyadhara Rao.

The plans of Mr. Kalaventaka Rao were in the air for quite some time. His rejoining the TDP was opposed by K. Yerran Naidu initially, but he had to relent as the party leadership took a decision to welcome back those who had left the TDP. When contacted, Mr. K. Vidyadhara Rao told The Hindu that Mr. Kalavenkata Rao's decision was no surprise.

Asked what impact it would have on the morale of the party, he said such decisions only exposed the ethics of the leaders concerned.

“People jumped the PR bandwagon to ride on the crest wave of Mr. Chiranjeevi's charisma and overwhelming popularity. But, after the elections they have started thinking that they missed the bus of opportunity to power and taken to retreating,” Mr. Vidyadhara Rao said.