Headline: Anumula Revanth Reddy Set to Become Telangana’s Second Chief Minister, Overcoming Party Opposition
Anumula Revanth Reddy is poised to take the oath as Telangana’s second chief minister on December 7, securing victory over other contenders, notably senior leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka. Despite facing internal opposition within the Congress since joining the party, Revanth garnered support from 45 Congress MLAs, positioning him for the top role.
Born in Kongareddypalli, Nagarkurnool district, Reddy’s political journey began early. He completed his BA at AV College, Osmania University. Hailing from a family with a history of influence, his father served as a Police Patel in the now-abolished Dalapathi system, commanding respect. Reddy is married to the niece of late Congress MP S Jaipal Reddy. Notably, he was associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a fact exploited by opponents to allege ties with the BJP.
Entering politics as an independent MLC in 2007, Revanth later joined the Telugu Desam Party, becoming MLA from Kodangal in 2009 and again in 2014. Elected floor leader in the Telangana assembly, he joined the Congress in 2017, eventually becoming the TPCC president in 2021. Despite facing challenges, he played a crucial role in the party’s strategy for the 2023 assembly elections.
Haath Se Haath Jodo Campaign:
Revanth’s “Haath Se Haath Jodo Yatra” mirrored Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, effectively highlighting the TRS government’s shortcomings. Portraying Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao as a feudal lord ruling from his farmhouse resonated with voters. Known for connecting with people and persuasive oratory, Revanth addressed issues like unemployment, student suicides, the Dharani portal, and corruption, garnering support for the Congress.
Navigating Party Rivalries:
Since joining the Congress, Revanth faced internal opposition due to his outsider status, having joined in 2017 after leaving the Telugu Desam Party. Despite reconciling with party leaders before the elections, his rapid ascent and appointment as Telangana unit president in 2021 stirred dissent within the party. Senior leaders Uttam Kumar Reddy and Komatireddy Venkat Reddy openly opposed Revanth’s candidacy for the CM post. Associates note his independent approach, which sometimes clashes with senior members.
In 2015, Revanth was embroiled in the infamous cash-for-vote scam, accused of attempting to bribe an MLA to favor the TDP. The case remains ongoing.