In a sensational statement, TSRTC chairman and Ramagundam legislator Somarapu Satyanarayana has said he will retire from active politics and spend leisure time by doing social service. He announced this decision at a gate-meeting at Godavarikhani 5 incline underground mine in the district on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, he said, “I am unable to work as per the wishes of Ramgundam Assembly segment people. The people had elected me as an independent legislator and now as TRS legislator and I am thankful to them. But, I am unable to fulfil their desires.”
He said it was his personal decision to take retirement from active politics as he had realised that now politics was not enough for him and he did not want to spoil his image by remaining in politics in the district. He also clarified that his retirement would not have any impact on the party.
He claimed that all the surveys conducted by the State government and media showed that he was winning from the Ramagundam constituency.
Reacting to media persons’ queries in Karimnagar town, he said he had asked TRS municipal corporators of Ramagundam not to move no-confidence motion against Mayor Konkati Laxminarayana and deputy Mayor Saganti Shankar.
“But, the corporators had served notice demanding no-confidence motion against the Mayor and deputy mayor. I tried to prevail upon the corporators to withdraw the notice, but in vain”, he said, adding that he decided to retire from active politics.
He said the party was also not interested in serving no-confidence motion against the Mayor and deputy mayor. He claimed that he had discharged his duties as Ramagundam municipal chairperson and legislator perfectly without any bad image.
It may be recalled that internal bickering had come to the fore in the Ramagundam TRS when a majority of TRS municipal corporators, along with opposition parties, served no-confidence motion against the Mayor and deputy Mayor.
A total of 39 municipal corporators, including 28 of the TRS, 10 of the Congress and one BJP member, signed the notice seeking no-confidence motion and submitted it to the Collector recently.
Differences among the Mayor and the Ramagundam legislator had led to the present political crisis in the Assembly segment over taking up developmental works to the tune of Rs. 200 crore. The Mayor group had alleged that the legislator had diverted the funds allocated to the Municipal Corporation to other departments and denied development.
The issue of serving no-confidence motion had been doing the rounds for the last one month. But, the party high command had instructed TRS leaders not to take any hasty decision of serving notice as elections were round the corner.
But, the TRS legislators close to the legislator served the no-confidence motion, which had irked the party high command.
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