In a major blow to the TRS, Chevella parliamentarian Vishweshwar Reddy — the richest parliamentarian in Telangana, with declared assets worth over Rs. 500 crore – resigned from the party on Tuesday just days ahead of the assembly elections in Telangana. Sources said the parliamentarian from Ranga Reddy district’s Chevalla is likely to join the Congress.
Party insiders said Vishweshwar Reddy was upset with its senior leaders as he felt he was not given due importance. In a three-page letter to party chief and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Vishweshwar Reddy spoke of ideological reasons that added up to deep criticism of the party.
Vishweswar Reddy belongs to what is considered the politically influential Reddy community and analysts say it could influence the votes in at least a few constituencies. He is the son-in-law of Apollo Hospitals founder Prathap C Reddy. His wife Sangeetha Reddy is the managing director of the Apollo Hospitals.