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BRS suspends two leaders for anti-party activities


HYDERABAD, April 10 (IANS) Former Minister Gopali Krishna Rao and former MP Pongoleti Sudhakar Reddy have been suspended by Bharat Rashtra Samithi for their anti-party activities.

The party’s central office announced on Monday that it had been suspended on the orders of the party’s chairman and prime minister, K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The comment came a day after Krishna Rao joined forces with Srinivas Reddy, who has already raised the banner of rebellion against the leadership.

On Sunday, Krishna Rao attended the Athmeeya Sammelanam program organized by Srinivas Reddy in Kothagudem, where he criticized KCR for what he described as the suppression of democratic votes.

Krishna Rao alleged that instead of acting as a guardian of the state government and protecting the people, the KCR government is suppressing democracy.

“The people who fought for Telangana statehood were completely sidelined after the KCR became Chief Minister. People are suffering under the KCR,” said the former minister.

“Sarpanch is worried because the government has failed to settle the outstanding bills as well as the contractors who have completed the irrigation projects,” he added.

Krishna Rao also alleged that when people ask KCR about these issues, they get harassed and police cases are filed against them. He noted that KCR and his family members act like royalty and neglect people and their problems.

Srinivas Reddy said KCR dreams of becoming Chief Minister for the third time but it will remain a dream.

Krishna Rao felt sidelined in the party after MLA Harshvardhan Reddy, who defeated him in Kollapur constituency in Mahabubnagar district in 2018, switched his loyalties from Congress to TRS (now BRS) after assembly elections. A few months back, Krishna Rao dared Harshvardhan Reddy to have a discussion about constituency development.

Krishna Rao had resigned from Congress to join TRS in 2011. He was elected from Kollapur in 2014 on a TRS ticket.

Srinivas Reddy, who was elected to the Lok Sabha from Khammam on a YSR Congress party ticket in 2014, later switched his allegiance to TRS. He claimed that the TRS leadership made many promises but failed to deliver on them.

He raised the banner of rebellion after he was not even invited to attend the January 18 meeting organized by the BRS in Khammam. This was BRS’s first meeting after it changed name.

He recently met YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) leader YS Sharmila amid reports that he plans to join the party.

– Jans


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