In a significant political development, Anumula Revanth Reddy, who played a pivotal role in the Congress’s recent triumph in Telangana, has been formally elected as the chief of its Legislature Party. This move clears the path for Reddy to assume the position of the state’s Chief Minister, with the oath ceremony slated for Thursday, as announced by senior Congress leader KC Venugopal in a press conference.
Decision Amidst Opposition
The decision was reached during an evening meeting led by party chief Mallikarjun Kharge. The gathering included key figures such as Rahul Gandhi, DK Shivakumar (Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister), and Telangana Congress in-charge Manikrao Thakre.
The announcement brings an end to the uncertainty that arose following the party’s victory in the recent elections. Over the past two days, a segment of state Congress leaders, who were also aspiring for the top post, had voiced opposition to Reddy’s candidacy.
Contenders for the Chief Minister’s Post
Among the contenders for the Chief Minister’s role were Dalit leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and N Uttam Kumar Reddy, a seven-time MLA and former Air Force pilot who served as the Congress’ state chief until Reddy assumed the role. Earlier today, Uttam Reddy declared his candidacy for the Chief Minister’s post.