TDP meet to discuss on entry of Congress leaders and alliance with BJP

In the wake of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporting A.P Reorganisation Bill and the consequent formation of Telangana State, Telugu Deam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu is scheduled to hold parleys with Seemandhra leaders on Monday.

The scheduled meeting at Hyderabad is considered to be crucial as two major issues -- migration of leaders from other political parties, more particularly Congress, and alliance with the BJP -- are likely to come up for discussion.

The meeting assumes significance as there are reports that Congress leaders such Badiga Ramakrishna, former Minister Kolusu Parthasarathy and Muddaraboyina Venkateswara Rao are keen on joining the Telugu Desam.

The leaders, who are aspiring to contest in forthcoming elections, are also making their moves swiftly to see that the Congress leaders’ entry would not mar their prospects, sources say.

The TDP president is said to be more concerned about worst possible impact on Seemandhra if his party joined hands with the BJP. The rank and file of the party is of the view that the BJP has unethical line taken by supporting Congress to pass the Bill in Parliament. If it were to happen, the voters would not embrace TDP that has been making strong case for Seemandhra rights. Though Mr. Naidu hasn’t revealed his mind to the party leaders, it is learnt, he dropped hints that the possibility of post election alliance could also be explored.

A big question, now, before Seemandhra leaders is how to face the people and garner their support in coming elections. All the efforts since 2009 hunger strike to keep the Seemandhra people in good humour went in vain as Mr. Naidu did not take a firm stance on united Andhra though the Samaikyandhra sentiment was riding high. The TDP leaders are, in private, squarely blaming the TDP president for the catastrophe in the offing.

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