Deccan Chronicle

Another ‘note for vote’ scam in Revanth case: Komatiredd­y

- DC CORRESPOND­ENT HYDERABAD, JUNE 27

Bhongir MP Komatiredd­y Venkata Reddy has alleged that the Congress central leadership has sold out the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee’s president post.

The veteran Congress leader’s comments came on Sunday after his relentless efforts to become PCC president turned futile and A. Revanth Reddy, his colleague in the Lok Sabha from Malkajgiri, was named for the post.

“This is another note-for-vote scam,” he said, referring to the infamous case against Revanth Reddy.

Revanth Reddy, when he was in the Telugu Desam, had been caught red-handed while bribing a nominated Anglo-Indian legislator to get his vote in the Legislativ­e Council polls in 2015.

However, the Bhongir MP said he has no plan to quit the Congress and would instead focus his energy on strengthen­ing the party in Nalgonda and Bhongir Lok Sabha segments. He would undertake a “padayatra” from Ibrahimpat­nam to Bhongir and meet the grassroot Congress workers.

Speaking to the media after returning from Delhi, Venkata Reddy accused the party state incharge Manickam Tagore of recommendi­ng Revanth Reddy’s name after taking a “huge bribe”.

He saw Telugu Desam president Chandrabab­u Naidu’s hand at Revanth Reddy’s elevation. “I have all the proofs and will expose them during the next session of Parliament,” he said.

The MP said he was disappoint­ed to see a political turncoat at the helm of the PCC. “The real Congress worker is defeated,” he said, adding that he had taken a vow to not visit Gandhi Bhavan, the state Congress headquarte­rs.

The Congress leader said he would not meet any leader coming to him for a patch-up. In a sarcastic way, he wished that the new team would succeed in securing the deposit for the party candidate in the upcoming Huzurabad bypoll.

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