Former minister and former MP C Ramachandraiah had walked out of the Congress in protest against the party having alliance with the Telugu Desam Party. He was the second leader to leave the Congress after Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with Chandrababu Naidu. Earlier, former minister Vatti Vasantha Kumar had resigned in protest.
Ramachandraiah took strong objection to the party’s alliance with the TDP, against which the Congress had been fighting for the past 35 years. He held the TDP responsible for the Congress party’s debacle in the 2014 elections as TDP chief shifted the blame of bifurcation only on the Congress.
Though the TDP had given letters twice in favour of bifurcation, Chandrababu Naidu had conveniently shifted the blame only on the Congress which routed the party in the State. The Congress candidates across the 175 Assembly constituencies and 25 MP constituencies could not get deposits. While several senior leaders of the Congress left the party and joined either TDP or BJP, the leaders who remained with the party have been fighting and working hard to revive the party in the last four years.
Ramachandraiah was one of them who, being the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council exposed the TDP’s failures and thus kept the party alive. He was one of the leaders who exposed Chandrababu Naidu’s changing stand on the special category status demand and blamed the TDP chief for shifting stands and changing voices on the key issues.
Now, if alliance with the TDP means that the Congress leaders in the State would have to beat the drums for the TDP and its ever-changing stand on issues like special category status and Polavaram.
Ramachandraiah’s exit had come as a big blow to the Congress in the State. This might give chance for other leaders to follow suit. They might, in all probability, join the YSR Congress in the days to come.