Rift in TDP over Naidu’s letter
on Telangana

HYDERABAD — Main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N Chandrababu Naidu’s gambit in shooting off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking an immediate solution to the Telangana tangle through an all party meeting has backfired on him with senior leader Byreddy Rajasekhara Reddy resigning from the primary membership of the party.

By P S Jayaram

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Published: Sat 29 Sep 2012, 11:50 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 1:44 PM

Rajasekhara Reddy, an ex-legislator and party general secretary from Kurnool, was critical of Naidu for not mentioning trifurcation of the state into Telangana, Andhra and Rayalaseema, a demand he had put forth recently in the event of the UPA government deciding on granting statehood to Telangana.

The TDP chief’s troubles don’t end with Rajasekhara Reddy. Two other sitting MLAs from Rayalaseema region — Praveen Kumar Reddy and N Amarnath Reddy — too have threatened to quit after coming out vociferously against Naidu for writing the letter to the Prime Minister. The development has plunged the party into a crisis of sorts particularly in view of the ‘Marathon March’ to be undertaken by Naidu from October 2.

Rajasekhara Reddy said: “Rayalaseema is more important for me than politics and that is why I am ending my 19-year-long association with TDP.”

Stating that the Rayalaseema Parirakshana Samithi, an outfit floated by him to fight for the Rayalaseema cause, would be above politics, he said they would even stop Naidu from going ahead with his march in Rayalaseema region.


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