Tummala weeps as he leaves TDP
- To join TRS on Sept 5 or 6
- Signs one sentence resignation letter and faxes to Naidu
- Khammam district TDP chief, ZP Chairperson, DCCB, DCMS chairpersons to follow
Khammam, August 31:
Tummala Nageswara Rao, former minister and strongman of the TDP in Khammam district, left the party he had served for 33 years. He announced the momentous decision at a press conference here on Saturday. Many of his staunch supporters were present at the event. Tummala wept while signing a single line resignation letter which he faxed to TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu. After signing the letter he went into his room and wept for some time. He did not allow anyone into the room. It was a truly emotional decision for Tummala although he has been planning his exit for quite sometime. He had a 15 minutes pow pow with TRS supremo K Chandrasekhara Rao(KCR) on Friday in Hyderabad.
On hearing that Tummala is about to quit the TDP, a number of his supporters gathered at his camp office here on Saturday. The TDP leaders of Palair, Madhira, Khammam, Wyra, Ellandu and Sattupalli constituencies were present at the press conference. When they noticed tears in Tummala’s eyes, they shouted slogans against Chandrababu Naidu. TDP Khammad District president Kondabala Koteswara Rao, MLC Balasani Laxminarayana, ZP Chairperson Gadipalli Kavita, DCCP Chairman Muvva Vijaya Babu, DCMS Chairmen Eggadi Anjaiah also announced their resignations from the TDP.
Two MLAs, Koram Kanakaiah, Congress, of Ellandu constituency, and Banothu Madanlal, YSRCP, of Wyra constituency, are slated to join the TRS on Monday. The party office bearers of Mandal committees and Sarpanches in these two constituencies are also expected to follow in the footsteps of their MLAs. They say their constituencies can be developed only if they joined the TRS.
If this argument is accepted, their would not be any MLA left in the opposition. Though the difficulties faced by Tummala are attributed to the rise of Nama Nageswara Rao, contractor and industrialist, in the TDP who moved very close to Chandrababu Naidu in the latter’s days in the opposition, it is difficult, say political observers, to support Tummala’s move to desert the parent party on ethical grounds.
Tummala and his followers are likely to join the TRS in the presence of the party chief KCR on August 5 or 6. Tummala is expected to be given the Home portfolio. It will assuage the feelings of the people of Andhra region living in Hyderabad city and also ensure a better handling of a very important portfolio. Nayani Narasimha Reddy, who is presently the Home Minister, is likely to be moved to some other less critical ministry. There are going to be changes in the portfolios of the ministers basing on their performance in the last three months.