November 21, 2018
In the slog overs of the ongoing Telangana assembly polls, one of its members of parliament in Lok Sabha, Vishweshwar Reddy has quit the party after blasting the leadership diluting ideals and deviation in the path.
The person who resigned from the ruling party, Vishweshwar Reddy, in a three-page resignation letter laid the entire blame on the leadership for giving more than due importance to people from other parties and giving step motherly treatment to all the people who fought for the separate Telangana state, belonging to different sections of the society.
Now, what the resignation means, in the midst of assembly elections and in the run up to the Lok Sabha general elections in 2019, is that his reading is that the party is facing a trust deficit and people are drifting away from it.
Winning the assembly as well as Lok Sabha polls for the ruling TRS could well be very difficult now that it faces a combined opposition and the fact that there was anti-incumbency building up against it. If the ruling party and the Chief Minister think that they can just copy Amma formula of doling out freebies to each and every section and win, they are surely on a wrong track, a political analyst in Hyderabad said.
What the TRS and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao face today is the combined ire of every section of the society, and notably that from the youth and students. They were in the forefront of the Telangana struggle and formed the most vocal activists on the ground, shaping public opinion too in the process.
Now, the quitting of a key Lok Sabha member from TRS has given the opposition just the right kind of ammunition to target the Chief Minister, whom even his former supporters have charged with promoting only his family.
In fact, what the Lok Sabha MP Reddy has alleged is something that the man on the street has been speaking about. As to how, the TRS leadership had distanced all the original activists of the struggle and was encouraging and promoting identified anti-Telangana forces.
Those seeking government jobs allege that most of the jobs are going to people from Andhra Pradesh. There is a general feeling that the people in the state had not benefitted anything from the formation of the new state of Telangana. If anyone did, it is the family of the Chief Minister, alleges the man on the street.
Although the Chief Minister is drawing crowds in his campaigning, the signals from the ground indicate a tough battle and even a possible defeat of the ruling party at the hands of the combined opposition.