No party MLA turns up at his swearing in as Karimnagar district party chief

Differences among the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) district unit leaders came to the fore over the appointment of new party district president during the swearing in of new president Eda Shankar Reddy here on Wednesday.

The swearing in ceremony was a low-key affair with the poor turnout of the party cadres and leaders from entire district, which is a stronghold for the Telangana sentiment. At a simple function, outgoing president and former Minister V. Laxmikantha Rao handed over the charge to Mr. Eda Shankar Reddy in the presence of former Member of Parliament B. Vinod Kumar, MLC Naradasu Laxman Rao, town president S Ravinder Singh and others.

Surprisingly, none of party legislators attended the programme, which was organised in the evening, to greet the new president on the pretext of participating in “Palle baata” programme. Party sources said that the legislators expressed their discontentment over the appointment of Mr. Shankar Reddy as the district party president, as the district was politically volatile.

A party leader, on condition of anonymity, said that the party rank and file was not accepting Mr. Shankar Reddy as the party president as he had joined the TRS very recently and he was only spokesperson of TDP. They also reminded that Mr. Shankar Reddy, when associated with TDP, had lodged a “missing case” complaint with Karimnagar police against then Karimnagar MP and TRS president K. Chandrashekhar Rao.

Neglect of seniors resented

“We are unable to tolerate the humiliation and neglect of the senior most party leaders, who were striving for the cause of Telangana statehood issue, by TRS Mr. Chandrashekhar Rao,” he complained. The party cadres had become lull with the appointment of Mr. Shankar Reddy as the new president as was evident with the non-erection of a single vinyl posters, welcome arches, etc. in the town, he added. However, Mr Shankar Reddy said that he would strive to strengthen the party from the grass-root level by taking assistance of all the party leaders and legislators.

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