The TDP leaders are now trying to persuade rebels to withdraw from contest

TDP rebels are worrying party bigwigs as the city heads for civic polls on March 30. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) seems to be facing rough weather because of rebels. Prominent TDP leaders have filed their nominations in no less than 30 of the 59 divisions in the city.

Among the prominent rebel candidates are former TDP floor leader in the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation Yerubothu Ramana Rao, Nalluri Usha Rani, and Patti Nageswara Rao. TDP Urban affiliated organisations in-charge K. Pattabhiram, Telugu Mahila leader Mukkanti Narayanamma are also in the fray. Ms. Usha Rani and Mr. Pattabhi Ram filed their nominations for the 8 division that was allotted by the party to Jasti Sambasiva Rao.

. “I have been loyal to the party since 80s, and served the party in difficult times. Come what may, I will fight it out,” Mr Ramana Rao asserted. “The denial of the tickets to senior leaders can prove to be costly for the party in the elections which is already fighting with its back to the wall,” said a senior leader who was an aspirant for the party ticket.

The party leaders are, now, trying to placate leaders, who were denied tickets, saying that they would be given position in the party organisation. TDP Urban president Buddha Venkanna said that there was a lot of time for withdrawal of nominations.

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