Former TDP leader to join Congress after meeting Rahul
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.