FMR Andhra Home Minister Sabitha Reddy Is Set To Quit Congress to Join Telangana’s Ruling TRS

FOUR –Time  Congress  legislator and first woman Home  Minister  of undivided  Andhra Pradesh Sabitha Indra Reddy,55, and her son Karthik Reddy are expected to join the ruling Telangana Rasthtra Samiti. Senior Congress lawmaker is being considered for a Cabinet post and her son too would be suitably rewarded, reports The Deccan Chronicle. Understanding in this regard was arrived over breakfast attended by TRS working president K.T. Rama Rao, who is also son of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, and Reddy on Sunday at the residence of Asaduddin Owaisi, MIM president. The meeting is considered significant in view of the legislative council election on March 12 and April 11 Lok Sabha polls. Karthik Reddy met Mr Owaisi three days ago and expressed his desire to join the TRS along with his mother and also to contest for the Chevella Lok Sabha seat in the ensuing Parliamentary elections Owaisi conveyed the proposal to TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao who asked Rama Rao and Ms K. Kavitha, MP, to speak with Hyderabad born Sabitha Reddy in the presence of Owaisi. As per CM’s advisory, they met at the residence of Owaisi on Sunday for an hour-long discussion. The TRS has made it a prestige issue to win back the Chevella Lok Sabha seat after sitting MP Konda Vishweshwar Reddy defected to the Congress prior to the Assembly polls. TRS reportedly conducted more than 10 surveys in the segment to gauge the probability of winning the seat if they nominated former minister P. Mahender Reddy, or Telangana Legislative Council chairman K. Swamy Goud or industrialist G. Ranjith Reddy. Mr Karthik Reddy’s name too popped up. Sources in the TRS said all surveys showed that the sitting MP had the edge. So having the Indra Reddy family with the TRS would be the party’s best bet to win the Chevella Lok Sabha seat, even though Karthik Reddy had contested on a Congress ticket in 2014 against Vishweshwar Reddy and lost. Earlier, two Congress MLAs switched over their loyalty to the surging TRS amidst allegation by the country’s oldest political party that TRS is offering lucrative allurements to their lawmakers.

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