EX-CONGRESS LEADER KAUSHIK REDDY
MP P. Kaushik Reddy, who was the head of the Huzurabad district and opposed Itla Ragender in 2018, resigned on Monday after a leaked audio conversation sparked controversy. Koshik, an aide to former TPCC president Utam Kumar Reddy, told TRS leader Vijayender that TRS would definitely give him a vote in Huzurabad.
When the conversation spread by word of mouth, Congress sent him a show cause notice and he quit the party.
Representation of Viral
The conversation in viral clip:
Kaushik Reddy: Namaste, Vijender, how are you?
Vijender: Fine, anna (brother).
Kaushik: Where are you now?
Vijender: I am at home.
Kaushik: Tammudu (younger brother), you are no longer in touch with me.
Vijender: No anna, you are not taking my calls though I am calling.
Kaushik: OK. Leave all that now. I made this call to inform you that I was confirmed to have a TRS ticket. I know you are in TRS. Give me the list of all our youth leaders who are not with us (indicating the status of TRS youth leaders after Etala Rajendar’s exit from TRS). How many are there?
Vijender: There are around 50 to 80 members, which includes everyone (indicating both TRS supporters and Etala’s supporters).
Kaushik: When can you give me the list?
Kaushik: OK. Give me the list of all those names immediately. When can you set them (indication of arranging a meeting of those leaders with him).Tell me what I should give. I will take care. We will meet their expenses. Bring all of them into our fold within two days. I will take care of money. How much time will it take?
Vijender: Give me one hour or so?
Kaushik: OK. Give me the entire list of Madannapet within one-and-a-half hours with their names and phone numbers. Give them cash of Rs.3,000, Rs.4,000 or Rs.5,000 each. I will take care of you. You talk to them now and update me. Our mandal president Bollam Raji Reddy will be in touch with you. He will call you now.
Vijender: OK anna.
When the conversation went viral, the Congress party's parliamentary disciplinary committee issued a show cause notice to him . Koshik Reddy held a press conference in Hyderabad on Monday night and announced that he had resigned from the party. He added that he will announce his actions within three days. He is ready to join TRS.
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