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Why TDP is biggest loser

india Updated: Jan 07, 2011 00:40 IST
Prasad Nichenametla
Prasad Nichenametla
Hindustan Times
Prasad Nichenametla

Even as parties in the State, except TRS and BJP, are struggling to firm up an opinion on separation question TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu is the one worst troubled.

The Srikrishna Committee report submitted on Thursday seemingly was leaning towards continuation of united Andhra Pradesh – a wish that Naidu cannot reveal publicly. 39 of 93 party MLAs were elected from Telangana.

Naidu, two times CM hailing from Rayalaseema was the last to ‘commit on Telangana,’ in run up to the 2009 general elections, after years of party’s official stand for united State. TDP alliance with TRS failed, which left Naidu in opposition chair for second time. People from the region still doubt his commitment.

With Telangana heat gaining up, several of party’s MLAs have threatened to resign, if Naidu is not taking firm stand in support on Telangana. While a senior MLA Pocharam Srinivas Reddy already announced his exit from the party, several others are also forming line to join TRS.

One of the 39 MLAs - Ch Ramesh resigned from party in December 2009, joined TRS and won the by-elections.

Meanwhile, senior TDP leaders from the region are demanding constitution of TDP Telangana Unit, to assuage the situation. “We wanted TDP Telangana unit to be set up so that we can be independent from Andhra region leaders and also to make people believe party’s movement in Telangana direction. The issue was discussed,” Nagam Janardhan Reddy, former minister and convener, TDP Telangana Forum told HT.

Though Naidu is not convinced by the logic, he is busy now a day convincing MLAs to remain within the party. One Suddala Devaiah, who was to leave, deferred his plans.

“It is a serious problem in the party now. We saw Pocharam today; it might be some more tomorrow. We hope that would not be the case,” a senior MLA said.

TDP, once very strong in the region and which still has a good cadre; but support base is losing out to opponents like TRS on the Telangana issue. It lost deposits in 2010 by-elections, following resignation of MLAs from TRS, BJP and TDP. Naidu’s much dramatic protest and arrest during Bhabli agitation also did not yield much sympathy.

Downward

TDP chief Naidu was among the last to commit to statehood

Several TDP MLAs have threatened to quit if their chief, who is from the Rayalseema region, does not take a
firmer stand

Leaders are demanding constitution of a TDP Telangana unit

TDP, once strong in the region, has been losing out