The demand for a separate Telangana state could gain momentum with T Devender Goud, who resigned from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Monday, preparing to launch his own party. Goud’s resignation has triggered a chain of events indicating a realignment of forces in Telangana region in the coming months. More leaders from other parties are likely to join the bandwagon.
A mass leader with strong organisational skills, Goud is becoming the rallying point for all the votaries of Telangana, including those who supported the Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS).
Goud’s telephone has not stopped ringing since Monday morning with leaders and cadres of many parties across Telangana calling him to either congratulate or evince interest in his new venture. The first casualty could be the already-badly-mauled TRS. The sub-regional party could see a mass exodus to Goud’s new party.
Apparently keeping that in mind, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao invited Goud to join TRS, which the latter promptly rejected. Goud nurses ambitions of becoming the first Chief Minister and is not likely to play second fiddle to anyone.
He has already crossed the first hurdle by bagging the support of intellectuals from Telangana, who helped TRS gain legitimacy. The Telangana Development Forum, a powerful lobby of NRIs from Telangana, is also said to be reviewing its stand vis-à-vis TRS.