Vizianagaram, January 4
YSR Congress Party Vizianagaram district president Kolagatla Veerabhadra Swamy’s resignation to his post soon after party chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s district tour raised many eyebrows. Apparently this signals that the party’s group politics has taken a new turn.
Veerabhadra Swamy, who lead the party single-handedly till date, was now left alone due to group politics. In the wake of several comments that this is the result of party leader Botsa Satyanarayana’s politics, its future consequences have become an interesting point of discussions here.
Without any unexpected twists in the party and elections in foreseeable future particularly in the district, everybody was surprised at Kolagatla’s timing of this sudden resignation. It is understood that the recent developments in the party have forced him to take this step.
Before the recent elections, several leaders, including Botsa’s opponent group, left Congress and joined YSRCP. After elections, Botsa deserted Congress to join hands with Jagan. Party district president Kolagatla said they will invite everyone into the party but all must follow party rules.
But group politics became evident in the district with leaders running two parallel offices. Kolagatla failed to unite the two groups and stop internal differences.
Only one of the two groups used to participate in several dharnas organized against the government. Even though the two groups of Botsa and Kolagatla have organized separate programmes, they never indulged in mudslinging against each other in the public. In one or two programmes, both the groups even worked together.
Party sources said after the recent district visit of party chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy, Kolagatla was depressed. Kolagatla planned to arrange Jagan’s visit after Sankranti. But Botsa followers managed to prepone Jagan’s visit which rather depressed Kolagatla.
At one moment, rumours are rife that Kolagatla will leave the party. Putting a stop to all false rumours, he declared his decision to leave party post and to work as an ordinary activist.
Meanwhile, Botsa nephew and party leader Majji Srinivasa Rao denied the reports about two groups in the party.