The appointment of Narasapuram MP Kanumuri Bapiraju as the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams trust board chairman has caused a lot of heartburn in his Guntur counterpart Rayapati Sambasiva Rao.
Though Rayapati always claimed that he had never lobbied for the TTD chief post, he openly expressed his displeasure over the way the Chief Minister ignored him. So, he started blackmailing the Congress party again.
“It is unfortunate that the Congress party has ignored my services in the last three or four decades. If this is the way I am treated, there is no point in continuing in the party,” he told the media in New Delhi late on Thursday night.
He said he was planning to quit both his Lok Sabha seat and the Congress party membership.
“I will not join any other party, but will quit politics altogether. I will take a decision after discussing with my supporters in Guntur this week-end,” he said.
The reason cited by Rayapati was that Kamma community to which he belongs was meted out with gross injustice in the Congress party, as the Reddy regime was back in power.
“It was evident in the Kiran Kumar Reddy cabinet formation. Reddys who constitute 6 per cent of the population got 13 cabinet berths, whereas Kammas, who constitute five per cent, could get only one post,” he said.