Congress received yet another jolt in the district with the announcement of former minister and party in-charge for Parliamentary elections P. Sudarshan Reddy stepping down from the post.
He sent a letter to that extent to the AICC president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday morning. The last ditch efforts made by party candidate and former MP Madhu Goud Yashki to convince Mr. Reddy did not yield positive result.
Talking to The Hindu Mr. Sudarshan Reddy said that he was reluctant to take part in the party campaign on behalf of the nominee when a slew of farmers filed nominations in protest against the failures of governments in ensuring remunerative price to turmeric and red jowar and other crops.
“Farmers are in dire straits and their demand is genuine and their agony can be understood. They filed nominations collecting money from farming community. Hence, I cannot participate in campaign against them in the areas where they belong to. However, I will continue in Congress and canvas in Bodhan, my native Assembly constituency,” he explained.
Meanwhile, it is said that Sudarshan Reddy is not happy with the party leadership in the State as it endorsed Madhu Yashki candidature when he proposed the names of Raheem Shaifi and one NRI Tirupathi Reddy. Another complaint against Yashki from Congress leaders was that he did not come for campaign in any segment in the last Assembly elections.
Former MLC Arkala Narsa Reddy who joined the Congress along with A. Revanth Reddy from TDP quit the party a few days ago. This is a dent to the party and close on the heels of his decision Mr. Sudarshan Reddy, who is only the major source of energy for the party in the district after a major exodus to TRS gave a shock.