Chandrasekhara Rao resigns as TRS chief

June 3rd, 2008 - 6:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, June 3 (IANS) K. Chandrasekhara Rao Tuesday resigned as the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president, owning moral responsibility for the party’s crushing defeat in by-elections. KCR, as the TRS leader is popularly known, sent his resignation to party general secretary Madhusudhan Chary, party sources said. He requested the party executive to accept the resignation.

As news of his resignation spread, a large number of party activists gathered outside his residence and at Telangana Bhavan, the TRS headquarters, appealing him not to quit.

Some TRS activists doused themselves with petrol and threatened to self-immolate if their leader did not withdraw the resignation. Tension prevailed at both the places as the police tightened security.

TRS, which is fighting for separate statehood for the Telangana region, could retain only two of the four Lok Sabha seats and seven of 16 assembly seats in the by-elections, results of which were announced Sunday.

Shocked by the defeat in two Lok Sabha and nine assembly seats, KCR Sunday decided to quit as party president. However, party leaders and workers appealed him to continue leading the party.

Ever since results were announced, KCR has confined himself to his house and met only four of his close aides.

The TRS legislators had resigned en masse, necessitating the by-elections, in order to oppose what they said was the ruling Congress party’s “betrayal” of the Telangana cause.

While the Congress wrested one Lok Sabha and five assembly seats, the main opposition Telugu Desam Party snatched one Lok Sabha and four assembly seats.

KCR himself scraped through in the Karimnagar Lok Sabha constituency by 15,000 votes, a sharp fall from the 220,000 majority he received only last year.

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