In a surprising turn of events, the political landscape of Telangana is set to witness a new era under the leadership of Anumula Revanth Reddy, the charismatic firebrand who spearheaded the Congress to its historic victory in the state. The stage is now set for his oath-taking ceremony, scheduled to unfold at the sprawling Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad tomorrow at 1.04 pm.
The decision to appoint Revanth Reddy as the Chief Minister came after intense deliberations within the Congress high command. The party, having dislodged the two-term Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) government, found itself entangled in a leadership tussle, with prominent contenders N Uttam Kumar Reddy and Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka vying for the coveted position. However, Revanth Reddy’s dynamic leadership during the campaign and his appeal to the majority of the newly-elected MLAs ultimately swayed the decision in his favor.
A seasoned politician, Revanth Reddy, aged 54, has carved a unique path in his political journey. Having switched allegiance from the Telugu Desam Party to Congress in 2017, he faced initial skepticism and resistance from within the Telangana Congress ranks. Yet, with the backing of the central leadership and a resolute commitment to infusing new energy into the party, he led an impressive turnaround, securing a comfortable majority from a mere 19 seats in 2018.
His political trajectory, from starting his career with the ABVP, the student wing of the BJP, to winning the Kodangal constituency in 2009 and 2014 as a member of the TDP, reflects a diverse and resilient political background. Revanth Reddy’s ability to establish a strong rapport with central leaders, notably Rahul Gandhi, played a pivotal role in the Congress resurgence in Telangana.
As the state eagerly awaits the oath-taking ceremony, where Revanth Reddy and five others, including the probable Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, are set to be sworn in, the Lal Bahadur Stadium is abuzz with preparations. The ceremony is expected to be attended by former Congress President Sonia Gandhi, adding a significant touch to the occasion.