Revanth Reddy appointed Chairman of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee

Under criticism and facing unrest and dissent due to the delay in appointing a new chairman to the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC), the Congress Committee of India (AICC) ultimately acted on June 25, appointing Anumula Revanth Reddy, Member of Parliament representing Malkajgiri constituency, to the post. A two-time Kodangal lawmaker and former incumbent Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chairman, Revanth Reddy is relatively new to Congress, having only joined the big old party in 2018. However, his strong opposition to both the power Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Chief Minister of Telangana, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, and the fact that he is seen as an incendiary leader seem to have influenced the AICC to appoint him to this post.

The Congress leadership also appointed former Minister J. Geetha Reddy as new working presidents; former MP Anjan Kumar Yadav; Member of the Legislative Assembly T. Jagga Reddy; cricketer turned politician Mohammed Azharuddin; and Mahesh Kumar Goud. The party also named Chandrasekhar Sambani, Damodhar Reddy, Ravi Mallu, Podem Veeraiah, Suresh Shetakar, Vem Narender Reddy, Ramesh Mudiraj, Gopishetty Niranjan T. Kumar Rao and Javeed Ameer senior vice-chairmen.

Revanth Reddy, who is currently one of the active chairmen of the TPCC, replaces N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, a senior leader and Member of Parliament representing Nalgonda. Uttam Kumar Reddy resigned as TPCC chairman last year after leading the party to a series of electoral debacles. Under him, the Telangana Congress lost the 2018 State Assembly elections and won only two of 150 seats in the Greater Hyderabad municipal elections held last December and lost three major byelections, including the Nagarjunasagar Assembly constituency. The senior congressman resigned as a lawmaker representing the Huzurnagar Assembly seat in 2019 to successfully run for the seat of Nalgonda Lok Sabha. However, in the subsequent by-election his wife lost the seat, with the ruling TRS winning by a large margin.

Reliable sources said the new appointments were approved by AICC President Sonia Gandhi, who wanted a complete overhaul of the TPCC. The party leadership apparently relied on a report by Manickam Tagore, the AICC Telangana official who, according to sources, had strongly suggested a complete overhaul of the party hierarchy.

Congress hopes that the “new” TPCC under the chairmanship of Revanth Reddy will provide the kind of leadership that can guide the party to effectively confront the TRS and avoid the challenge of the very young Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is trying to gain a foothold in it. the state. The immediate concern of the new president will be to bring together the leadership and the cadres of the party. It remains to be seen whether the old guard of the party, which in the past opposed Revanth Reddy’s rise to the presidency, will now accept the diktat of the high command.

Congress, in retreat in Telangana since the formation of the new state in 2014, has also had to be content with weakened leadership and constant infighting. Two lawmakers who have openly expressed their dissatisfaction with Revanth Reddy’s elevation as TPCC chairman are Bhadrachalam lawmaker Podem Veeraiah and Sangareddy lawmaker T. Jayaprakash Reddy. Both had written to the Congressional High Command demanding that a leader who had proven himself in the ideology of Congress and was loyal to the Gandhi family be appointed president. It remains to be seen what course of action they will now take.

Another party veteran, V. Hanumanth Rao, also wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi urging him not to depend on Manickam Tagore’s report alone. Hanumanth Rao had also said that the self-esteem of countless congressmen and party loyalists would be hurt if a newcomer (like Revanth Reddy) was given the post of TPCC chairman.

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