Telangana Congress MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Parliament chambers in New Delhi amid speculation that he would soon join the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Venkat Reddy, who represents the Bhongir parliamentary constituency, has been away from Congress party activities for quite some time, especially since the Munugode by-election last month, when his younger brother Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy contested on the BJP ticket. Leaving Congress.
The Congress lawmaker, however, later told reporters that he did not discuss any politics during his 20-minute interaction with the prime minister. “I have informed some development issues pertaining to Telangana such as release of funds to clean up the highly polluted Musi river and widening of the Hyderabad-Vijayawada national highway to avoid accidents,” he said.
Venkat Reddy said that Modi had a positive response in his delegation. “It was a very pleasant meeting,” he said.
The Congress MLA, who until recently was a star campaigner of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC), did not attend the party committees reconstituted by the high command last Saturday.
In October, the Congress high command made anti-party remarks against the leader and supported his brother Raj Gopal Reddy in the Munugode bypoll. Despite being a star campaigner, he failed to campaign for the party in the elections, resulting in the Congress losing its deposit.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also did not participate in the Bharat Jodo Yatra held in Telangana in October and November.
In August this year, Venkat Reddy met senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi and believed that his younger brother might follow him to the BJP.
On Thursday, MP Bhongir met Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge in Delhi and briefed him on the political situation in Telangana, especially the mass defection of senior leaders including Marri Shashidhar Reddy and others to the BJP.
He said he would not immediately talk about his future plans. “I will not comment on Congress. I will announce my intentions a few days before the general elections,” he added.