HYDERABAD: On a day when Congress Party MLC K Damodar Reddy belonging to Nagarkurnool Assembly segment embraced the ruling TRS, the party leader and former MP from Nagarkurnool Lok Sabha segment, Manda Jagannadham, was on Saturday appointed as special representative to State government in Delhi. This Cabinet rank post enables Jagannadham to take up matters concerning the state with respective departments in the Union government. He will be in office for one year, according to the orders issued by Chief Secretary SK Joshi.
In fact, three special representatives are already representing the State government in the national capital, by working from the Telangana Bhavan. The three other special representatives for the State government in Delhi are S Venugopala Chary, Ramchandru Tejawat and KM Sahani. These three too are enjoying the status of Cabinet minister posts.
Now with the appointment of Jagannadham, the number of special representatives of the State government in Delhi has reached four, which is a record. The duties of the all the four special representatives is to coordinate with various ministries of the Central government, Central PSUs, multi-lateral and bilateral agencies and various other organisations on behalf of the Telangana government.
Jagannadham was one-time TDP member in Lok Sabha from Nagarkurnool seat.
He was disqualified from Lok Sabha by the then Speaker Somnath Chatterjee for voting in favour of the then Manmohan Singh government during a no-confidence motion, violating the TDP whip.
Later, the crossed over to the Congress. In 2008, he was appointed as the then Andhra Pradesh government’s special representative in New Delhi by YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s government. After that, Jaganndham joined TRS, when statehood movement was at its peak.
Manda was one-time TDP member in Lok Sabha
Jagannadham was one-time TDP member in Lok Sabha from Nagarkurnool seat. He was disqualified from Lok Sabha by the then Speaker Somnath Chatterjee for voting in favour of the then Manmohan Singh government during a no-confidence motion, violating the TDP whip.