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Richest Lawmaker in Poll-bound Telangana to Join Congress After Quitting TRS

Reddy met Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Delhi and expressed his desire to join the party, RC Khuntia said.

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Updated:November 21, 2018, 1:51 PM IST
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Richest Lawmaker in Poll-bound Telangana to Join Congress After Quitting TRS
The businessman-turned-politician's decision to quit TRS has come as a shock to the party. (Image: Twitter)
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Hyderabad: A day after Lok Sabha member Konda Vishweshwar Reddy quit the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) citing 'disappointment' at various levels, AICC in-charge of Telangana, RC Khuntia Wednesday said he would join the Congress.

Reddy met Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Delhi and expressed his desire to join the party, Khuntia said.

Reddy would formally join the party on November 23 at a Congress campaign rally at Medchal in the presence of former Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, he said. The TRS Lok Sabha member from Karimnagar, B Vinod Kumar said, "It's unfortunate that Vishveshwar took that decision (to quit TRS).

"I don't think so," Kumar, the deputy floor leader of TRS in Lok Sabha, told PTI when asked if Reddy's decision would have an impact on TRS prospects in the December seven Assembly elections in Telangana.

In a setback to the TRS ahead of the Assembly polls, Reddy had quit the party Tuesday. He is the richest parliamentarian in Telangana, with declared assets worth over Rs. 500 crore. He is the son-in-law of Apollo Hospitals founder Prathap C Reddy. His wife Sangeetha Reddy is the managing director of the Apollo Hospitals.

He belongs to what is considered the politically influential Reddy community and analysts say it could influence the vote in at least a few constituencies.

In a letter to the TRS president and caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Reddy said he was disappointed with the ruling party at various levels.

He was forced into a position of contemplating leaving the party despite the fact that today TRS enjoys significant goodwill in the "social circles that we are in," Reddy had said in his letter.

Reddy listed disappointments at five levels - personal, injustice to karyakarthas (those) who worked for Telangana statehood, constituency, state and party - in the letter. He said he would resign from the Lok Sabha. The Telangana assembly elections are scheduled to be held on December 7.
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