The resignation drama of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, continued on Tuesday, with some minor alterations in the script and screenplay.
KCR finally reaffirmed his threat to quit and sent in his resignation letter to the party general secretary, Madhusudhana Chary. The two-sentence letter said he wanted to step down owning moral responsibility for the party’s debacle in the bypolls.
The TRS suffered severe drubbing in the by-polls, losing 9 of the 16 Assembly seats and 2 of the 4 Lok Sabha seats to the Congress and the Telugu Desam. As soon as the news of the resignation spread, TRS activists gathered at Telangana Bhavan and started raising slogans asking KCR to withdraw his resignation.
The senior TRS leaders, T. Harish Rao, N. Narasimha Reddy, R. Satyanarayna, and Madhusudana Chary, held a hurried press conference and vowed to convince KCR to review his decision.
“He is our leader, and whatever he did was for the benefit of the party,” said Harish Rao. “Even now we are ready to quit our posts if he asks us to.” Though Harish Rao said this to assert his loyalty to KCR, it shocked other TRS leaders. “The results make it evident that the TRS is the single largest party in the Telangana and it got higher vote share when compared to the Congress and the Telugu Desam,” said Harish Rao.
“People gave their verdict against TRS because of its irresponsible behaviour but nobody seems to have learned any lesson,” quipped a senior leader.
A team of TRS leaders along with a contingent of party workers then went to KCR’s residence and requested him to take back his resignation. Some of the activists sat on the road carrying placards and raising slogans.