Weeks after resigning from the Congress, Kiran Kumar Reddy, the last chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh, joined the BJP on Friday, April 7. In a scathing attack on the way the Congress functions, Reddy told a press briefing, “They want to control power, but don’t want to work hard and don’t want the responsibility.” On the other hand, when N Kiran Kumar Reddy joined BJP, the party said that the former CM will further strengthen our fight against corruption.
Congress has suffered a setback for the second consecutive day. Earlier, Anil Antony, son of Congress leader and former Union Minister AK Antony, joined BJP on Thursday, 6 April.
On joining BJP, N Kiran Kumar Reddy said, “They (Congress) do not know who should be assigned what work for the party to move forward. A true leader is one who understands the problems of the state and handover the problems to the concerned leaders so that they can improve the state.”
On this occasion, Union Minister Prahlad Joshi said, “Many members of Kiran Kumar Reddy’s family were in Congress. When I met him some time ago, he told me that he is influenced by PM Modi. Today he is taking a big leap and joining BJP.” joining. He will further strengthen our fight against corruption as he has a clean record as an MLA and minister. This will be a big boost for BJP in Andhra Pradesh.”
One line resignation was sent to Congress
Last month, Kiran Kumar Reddy sent a one-line resignation letter to Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge. The special thing is that for the second time he has resigned from Congress. Resigned for the first time after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. Reddy rejoined the party five years ago.
Reddy was made the Chief Minister of Andhra on November 25, 2010, following the resignation of 70-year-old K Rosaiah, who headed the Congress for more than a year following the death of YS Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash in September 2009.
Reddy’s selection surprised many Congress insiders at that time as he had never been a minister and was not known as a mass leader.
The cricketer-turned-politician is a four-time MLA, having won the assembly elections in 1989, 1999 and 2004 from Vayalpadu (merged in Pileru assembly constituency). In the 1994 elections, he was defeated by TDP, but won again in 2009 from Pileru.
Kiran’s father Amarnath Reddy was an MLA from Vayalpadu, who won in 1972, 1978 and 1985. Amarnath Reddy had also served as a Union Minister in the Congress government headed by PV Narasimha Rao.
After being elected to the Andhra Legislative Assembly in 2004, Kiran was appointed the Chief Whip of the Congress in the House. After winning the 2009 election, he was elected as the Speaker of the Andhra Legislative Assembly.
On February 19, 2014, when the UPA government made it clear that it was approving the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, an angry Kiran resigned from Congress along with giving up the post of CM and MLA. After talks with Congress and requests from several senior leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, Kiran rejoined the party in August 2018.