Byreddy Rajasekhar Reddy, the founder of Rayalaseema Parirakshana Samithi (RPS), decided to dissolve the party after it lost its voice in the Nandyal by-election.
Nandyal, situated in the centre of Rayalaseema, voted in favour of RPS’ opposition candidate N Chandrababu Naidu to earn him the seat, while ‘Save Rayalaseema’ candidate Byreddy was nowhere to be seen.
The people were not just against Byreddy but also against the voice of Rayalaseema. The RPS president and founder then accepted defeat and announced that he was closing the party.
He arranged a special press meet in Kurnool to announce the decision. Speaking to reporters, Byreddy said that he doesn’t have the strength to continue the fight and would announce his next step soon.
“People will decide whether I need to be away from politics or join another party,” he said.
RPS is a regional party founded by former TDP (Telugu Desam Party) leader Byreddy in 2013 to champion the cause for a separate Rayalaseema state after the resolution passed on 30 July 2013 to bifurcate Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.