The Telangana issue divided the main opposition Telugu Desam Party on Sunday, with a powerful section going against the party line and demanding a separate unit of the party for the region.
A number of leaders including 12 MLAs held a meeting at the residence of senior leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy and resolved to press for a Telangana unit of the TDP even as party chief Chandrababu Naidu was holding talks with some of the region's leaders on the formation of a coordination committee for the proposed state.
A separate unit for the region will be tantamount to acknowledging the Telangana state even before it has been created. Congress leaders from the region have made a similar demand but the party has so far remained unmoved.
“We want a separate party unit for Telangana so that it can take forward the movement for the Telangana state. We will convey our demand to our leader,” Janardhan Reddy told reporters.
TDP sources said these leaders were miffed with Naidu for not calling them for the coordination committee meeting and including some alleged anti-Telangana leaders in the panel.
Janardhan Reddy, however, denied there was a split in the party and claimed that Naidu remained their leader. Naidu was not available for his reaction.
Jaganmohan leaves for New Delhi: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who has announced his plans to launch a day-long fast in New Delhi on January 11, left Hyderabad for the national capital on Sunday with more 1,500 supporters.
Jaganmohan’s aide Ambati Rambabu said 20 MLAs and some MPs were expected to join him in the fast.
The stated purpose of the fast is to highlight the plight of Andhra Pradesh farmers and the alleged injustice done to the state by the Krishna (river) water disputes tribunal.