Former Union Minister Kishore Chandra Deo quits Congress

Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader from northern parts of Andhra Pradesh, Vyricherla Kishore Chandra Suryanarayana Deo today resigned from Congress. He sent his resignation to Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Though he didn’t mentioned any reason for his resignation in his letter to the party chief, he e cited the lack of responsiveness from the top leadership as the main reason for his resignation.

He said to be come to conclusion that there will be no political future in the Congress,  due to party’s ” complete organisational paralysis” in the state. He has reportedly sending feelers to TDP leadership that he is ready to join, provided they offer Araku Lok Sabha seat for him in the forthcoming elections.

He said that he had hit a wall after the Congress leadership was unresponsive to his communications for several months.

“The Congress is extinct in Andhra Pradesh. It has gone down the hill. Party is in coma in Andhra Pradesh and there’s nothing that is being done or can be done to revive it… Four people take decisions in the Congress and there’s no space for anyone else’s opinion,”  he added.

Deo who was the minister of tribal affairs under the UPA regime said that he is only quitting the Congress and not politics. However, he didn’t disclose anything about his future plans.

The fault lines between Deo and Congress first appeared back in 2017, when the former said that Rahul Gandhi needed to get rid of a dozen people around him to survive after the party was defeated in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

“It is not important whether it is Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi or some other Gandhi. I will put a counter question to you. Can Rahul get rid of these people around him? If he can, he will survive. Otherwise he will also have to face the same music. It is very clear,” Deo said.

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