When new Telangana CM Revanth Reddy had visited Australia

By Prachi Panchal
Revanth Reddy with Rao, Ted Baillieu, Nitin Gupta, Vamsi, Babu Akula and others at the Victorian Parliament // Pic supplied

India’s main opposition party, the grand old Indian National Congress (INC) has rewarded its dynamic Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee President, and the current Lok Sabha MP from Malkajgiri—Shri Revanth Reddy, who energetically led the Congress poll campaign in the state, with the role of Chief Minister for the revenue surplus State of Telangana.

Reddy will be the first Congress Chief Minister of Telangana, a state which the Congress-led UPA government had carved out in 2014 but had to wait for a decade to come to power since the erstwhile TRS, which led the agitation for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, reaped the political benefit after its creation.

Back in 2009-10, there had been lot of coverage in the Indian mainstream media about “Attacks on Indian students in Australia.” A good majority of Indian students in Australia used to come from the then undivided state of Andhra Pradesh.

In June 2009, then as a TDP MLA, Revanth Reddy had visited Melbourne, along with Lok Sabha MP Nama Nageshwara Rao, as part of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) delegation to meet with Indian students in Australia, and understand the situation on ground.

During the trip, Reddy along with Nageshwara Rao had visited the Royal Melbourne hospital to meet with Sravan Kumar, an Andhra Pradesh native and international student who was seriously injured in an alleged racist attack in Melbourne.

Vamsi, Revanth Reddy, Rao and Nitin Gupta at the steps of Victorian Parliament // Pic supplied

Reddy and Nageshwara Rao had visited various places in and around Melbourne, including Universities, and train/tram stations to interact with students, and get a better understanding of security issues and ground situation. They had also interacted with the Indian Consulate officials in Melbourne, and submitted a report back to the Government of India.

They had also visited the Victorian Parliament, and had a meeting with then Opposition Leader Hon. Ted Baillieu and his Indian advisor Mr. Nitin Gupta to raise the concerns about attacks on Indian students in Australia. They were joined in that meeting by education industry stakeholder Mr. Vamsi Parvataneni—founder of STORM International Group (SIG), and community leader Mr. Babu Akula (AIII).

Reddy and Rao had later visited the global headquarters of the STORM International Group (SIG) in Melbourne CBD to interact with students, education industry stakeholders, and general members of Indian community, including those that speak Telugu.

Comments former Ministerial Adviser and Aussie expat Mr. Nitin Gupta—“My hearty congratulations to Mr. Revanth Reddy on his new role as the Chief Minister of Telangana state. During his 2009 visit to Melbourne, and few times after that I had the opportunity to meet and interact with him. I always found him pretty down to earth. He has a very energetic personality along with a razor sharp memory. He is also a very good host. Wishing him all the very best. Hopefully he would be visiting Melbourne again soon as part of an official visit.”

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