The Congress party in Telangana on Friday boycotted the customary “At Home” get-together hosted by Governor E S L Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan, but surprisingly a couple of the party leaders appeared in the party.
The Telangana Congress leaders, who had to face alleged humiliation in Raj Bhavan the other day when the Governor advised them not to make any wild allegations against chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his family members, met at Gandhi Bhavan on Friday morning to discuss whether they should attend At Home function or not.
Though a couple of senior leaders like K Jana Reddy said it may not be advisable to boycott the Governor party as it is a Republic Day custom, many others including TPCC chief Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy felt that having faced so much humiliation at Raj Bhavan and seen the Governor praising KCR so openly.
Finally, it was decided that they all boycott the Governor’s party.
However, media persons were surprised to find two Congress leaders – former minister Danam Nagender and Rajya Sabha MP Rapolu Ananda Bhaskar, at the get-together.
Apparently, they were not aware of the decision taken by the PCC or they must have decided to defy the party decision and move closer to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
In any case, Danam has been keeping away from the party activities for quite some time and there has been talk that he may switch loyalties to the TRS along with another former MLA Mukesh Goud.
And of late, Rapolu, too, has been hobnobbing with the TRS leadership and praising the KCR government.
So, there is nothing to be surprised!