Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader and former Rajya Sabha member V Hanumantha Rao on Friday threatened to quit the party if the high command finalised the name of a leader who is facing several cases in the State — an oblique reference to party working president A Revanth Reddy.
“I am saying this out of pain. I have respect for late Rajiv Gandhi and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, but the current developments in the party are causing pain to me,” he said while interacting with the media here.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao was giving prominence to the leaders from Backward Classes (BC) communities and making those hailing from Yadav, Mudhiraj and Washermen communities as MLCs. Another national party had also given prominence to a leader from the BC community and appointed him as the president of the State unit.
But one particular community in Telangana was lobbying for the post of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president. “Is the Congress considering the BCs only for votes who constitute 54 per cent of the population in the State?” Hanumantha Rao asked. “Why is the Congress ignoring the BCs when other parties are giving more preference to them?” he asked.
“We will not accept a leader with the RSS links as we have always fight against it and the BJP,” he said, requesting the high command to consider all the factors before taking a final decision.
“We know the credentials of the person who is leaving no stone unturned to become the TPCC president. He is also facing money-laundering case apart from indulging in blackmailing,” he said.
Referring to rumours that MLA Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka would be removed as Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, Hanumantha Rao asked why the former should be removed despite fighting against the TRS government in the Assembly.
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