The Telangana State Congress Party has acted tough against its rebel leaders by suspending 19 of them. This comes as a bit of surprise just before elections. Sources close to the development said that the decision was taken after the failure of talks.
Chairman of TPCC Disciplinary Committee, Kodanda Reddy released a notice informing the suspension of all the Congress rebel leaders. The suspension will stay valid for a time period of six years, during which the rebel leaders will not be allowed to contest or participate in any activity associated with the party. This also means that all the suspended leaders will be out of Congress for the next general election too.
The decision from the Congress party has no doubt surprised many. It is rumoured that PCC Chief Uttam Kumar Reddy was behind the strong disciplinary action, who intends to send a message to the party leaders and workers through the suspension. Also, Congress seems to have understood the damage that the rebel leaders have already done.
In addition, the Congress party barred another six leaders from the Narayanpet constituency of Mahabubnagar district for allegedly involving in activities against the party’s official candidate. If rebel candidates have gone to the extent of campaigning against the official candidate, it denotes the failure of the party’s leadership and loyalty of its workers as a whole.
Moreover, we will have to wait and see how the rebel leaders react to this. Not to mention, the suspended leaders now officially do not have a reason to stop their activities against the party’s interests.