For­mer TDP leader to join Congress af­ter meet­ing Rahul

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For­mer Tel­ugu Desam Party (TDP) se­nior leader Revanth Reddy, af­ter sub­mit­ting his res­ig­na­tion from all party posts, said he will join the Congress af­ter meet­ing vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi.

On his res­ig­na­tion, the min­is­ter said he will fight the cor­rup­tion spread by Te­lan­gana Chief Min­is­ter K Chan­drasekhar Rao.

Speak­ing to ANI, Reddy said, “I will try my best to save Te­lan­gana. Af­ter meet­ing Rahul Gandhi, I will join Congress to­mor­row. I will fol­low all the pro­grammes and guide­lines given by the party un­der his lead­er­ship. What­ever cor­rup­tion and loot K Chan­drasekhar Rao has done, I will look into it and put a stop to it.”

Ear­lier on Satur­day, Reddy, who was the TDP se­nior leader and leg­is­la­tor, sub­mit­ted his res­ig­na­tion as MLA and from all party posts.

TDP Pres­i­dent N Chan­drababu Naidu had sum­moned Reddy and other party lead­ers for dis­cus­sions in Vi­jayawada on Satur­day.

In the res­ig­na­tion let­ter, he re­called his “great jour­ney with the TDP Pres­i­dent”, who gave him op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow in the party.

“Peo­ple in Te­lan­gana are long­ing for a po­lit­i­cal re­align­ment,” he said in his res­ig­na­tion let­ter.

The In­dian Army will con­tinue to take re­tal­ia­tory mea­sures and re­tain the right to “punitively re­spond” to acts of ag­gres­sion from Pak­istan, In­dian Army’s direc­tor-gen­eral of mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions (DGMO) told his Pak­istani coun­ter­part on Mon­day.

In­dian DGMO, Lt Gen A K Bhatt, re­it­er­ated that Pak­istan Army’s sup­port to ter­ror­ism is un­ac­cept­able.

In an un­sched­uled con­ver­sa­tion with Lt Gen Bhatt over the hot­line, Pak­istani DGMO Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza ac­cused the In­dian se­cu­rity forces of re­sort­ing to un­pro­voked fir­ing along the Line of Con­trol (LoC) in Jammu and Kash­mir.

How­ever, Bhatt said re­tal­ia­tory fir­ing by In­dian troops has only been car­ried out in re­sponse to “un­abated sup­port” pro­vided by the Pak­istan Army to armed ter­ror­ists, who in­fil­trate across the bor­der and tar­get In­dian Army posts with heavy cal­i­bre weapons, the Army said in a state­ment here.

The tele­phonic con­ver­sa­tion was re­quested by the Pak­istani side.

The In­dian DGMO told his Pak­istani coun­ter­part that while the In­dian Army will con­tinue its ef­forts to en­sure peace and tran­quil­lity on the bor­ders, the sup­port pro­vided to the ter­ror­ists by the Pak­istan Army was the prime rea­son for any “col­lat­eral dam­age”.

The Army said Lt Gen Bhatt also clar­i­fied that the In­dian Army al­ways main­tains im­pec­ca­ble stan­dards of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and does not tar­get civil­ians.

“On the con­trary, Pak­istan Army has em­ployed civil­ians at the for­ward posts and ac­corded per­mis­sion for per­ma­nent lo­ca­tions of civil­ians in the vicin­ity of Pak­istan Army posts,” the Army said.

It said th­ese civil­ians have re­peat­edly been used for gain­ing in­for­ma­tion of lo­ca­tions of In­dian troops and pro­vid­ing guides to the ter­ror­ists while cross­ing the LoC.

The LoC in Jammu and Kash­mir has wit­nessed a spurt in cease­fire vi­o­la­tions by the Pak­istani troops and the In­dian Army has been re­tal­i­at­ing ef­fec­tively to Pak­istani ac­tions.

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