HYDERABAD: In a major political development, former BRS (Bharatiya Rashtriya Samithi) minister Tummala Nageswara Rao tendered his official resignation from the party this past Saturday, marking a notable transition in his political journey. His resignation was conveyed through a heartfelt letter addressed to none other than the Chief Minister of Telangana, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, fondly known as KCR. In his missive, Rao extended his gratitude to KCR for the support and cooperation he had received during his tenure within the BRS, as reported by the Telugu news outlet Tv9.
This decision unfolds against the backdrop of a series of meetings that Tummala Nageswara Rao has engaged in with prominent figures within the Congress party over the course of several weeks. The political grapevine has been abuzz with speculations that Rao is on the cusp of joining the Congress ranks, a move that now appears imminent.
Adding to the intrigue, Rao is scheduled to participate in the forthcoming Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting today, signaling his swift transition towards aligning himself with the Congress ideology. The official induction into the Congress party is expected to take place on the upcoming Saturday.
In a synchronized move, former BJP MLA Yannam Srinivasa Reddy and Jitta Balakrishna Reddy, along with other influential figures, are set to accompany Tummala Nageswara Rao in their transition to the Congress, according to preliminary reports.
Tummala Nageswara Rao, an influential figure hailing from the Kamma community in the Palair region of Khammam district, has been a pivotal force in regional politics. Notably, he was denied a party ticket from the Palair Assembly constituency by the BRS during the recent release of their initial candidate list.
Amidst this political shuffle, there appears to be a strategic realignment in progress within the Congress party's ticket distribution. It is anticipated that Tummala may be fielded as a candidate from the Khammam Assembly constituency, as another prominent leader from Khammam, Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy, has formally applied for a ticket from the Palair Assembly constituency. The Congress is navigating this delicate balance as it seeks to address the diverse aspirations and demands of its cadre and leaders.