Hyderabad: Former MP G. Vivekananda quit the TRS on Monday after being denied a nomination for the Peddapalli Lok Sabha elections for the April 11 elections.
He had resigned as government advisor last week.
In an open letter to TRS president and Telangana state Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, the former MP accused him of hatching a conspiracy to deny him the party ticket at the last minute without giving him time to prepare to contest. He alleged that at Mr Rao’s behest, his “puppets” were spreading false information that he had worked against the party.
He said that nobody had mentioned about his working against the party until the Assembly election results were out. He said Mr Chandrasekhar Rao had given a Lok Sabha ticket to a candidate who had contested against the TRS Assembly polls nominee and asked who was doing “droham”.
Mr Vivekanand said when he was in the Congress, TRS leaders K.T. Rama Rao and T. Harish Rao had requested him to switch parties at the behest of Mr Rao in the interest of achieving statehood. They had also requested him to be the mediator to take all the leaders into the TRS if statehood was given.
Mr Vivekanand said that he accordingly informed then Congress president Sonia Gandhi that he would have to leave the Congress to devote time to the statehood movement with a promise to return when the TS Bill was passed in the Parliament.
He asked if taking part in the statehood struggle was a betraying the TRS and Telangana state.
Mr Vivekanand said Mr Rao invited him to join the TRS keeping in view his contribution to the statehood agitation and promised him the Peddapalli Lok Sabha ticket. He said he was made government advisor for protocol purposes to be able to move around the constituency and serve the people.
“Now Mr Rao’s puppets claim that this post was a gift for moving to the TRS,” he said. He offered to resign as there was no protocol and it was affecting his position at the Hyderabad Cricket Association, but he was requested not to do so as it would insult Mr Rao.