TRS chief resigns, party Executive meet tomorrow

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Hyderabad, Jun 3 (UNI) Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President and former Union Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao today resigned from his post, 'owning moral responsibility' for the poor performance of the party in the May 29 byelections, and an emergency meeting of the party Executive is being convened tomorrow to take a decision on the issue.

Addressing the media here, TRS General Secretary G Madhusudhana Chary said the TRS chief tendered his resignation from the party's Presidentship, owning moral responsibility for the reverses suffered by the bypolls. Mr Rao sent the resignation letter to him from his house this morning.

He said the TRS had convened an emergency party executive meeting tomorrow afternoon at the party head office, Telangana Bhavan, to take a final decision on the resignation.

Stating that a party delegation would go to Mr Rao's house and urge him to preside over the executive meeting tomorrow, he said ''Mr Rao is the founder of the TRS and leader of the Telangana movement. Nobody will accept his resignation.'' Senior TRS leader and former Minister N Narasimha Reddy said the office bearers and senior leaders have discussed Mr Rao's resignation and decided to take up the issue at tomorrow's meeting.

He said senior party leaders had convinced the party chief that the TRS was not ''defeated'' in the byelections as it got 33 per cent votes as against the Congress' 29 per cent and the Opposition TDP's 25 per cent.

Stating that the TRS workers were sending messages to the party office opposing the resignation, Mr Reddy said ''Mr Rao is a great leader and he is the only leader in Telangana to raise the issue at the national level to realise the dreams of Telangana people with the formation of a separate state.'' Meanwhile, TRS workers were staging dharnas at several places in the city and in Telangana districts, urging the party chief to withdraw his resignation.

Police forces were deployed at the party head office and at Mr Rao's house to prevent any untoward incident.


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