Ayyanna Patrudu sees a conspiracy to edge him out of district politics
The one-upmanship between the groups led by former Ministers Ch. Ayyanna Patrudu and Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy reached a flashpoint with the open bickering at the ‘NTR vardhanti’ ceremony at Pendurti and the subsequent decision of the party high command to suspend former city president Peela Srinivasa Rao. Though infighting in the party is not new, Mr. Patrudu was reportedly cut to size in the party by denying him any role in the reconstitution of the district unit of the TDP despite his nomination as Polit Bureau member. The splitting of the district unit into rural and urban areas and the appointment of Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar as the urban unit head and Dadi Ratnakar as president of rural unit was apparently made ignoring Mr. Patrudu.
Mr. Ratnakar is son of Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Dadi Veerabhadra Rao. Mr. Patrudu and Mr. Murthy, both former Ministers and senior leaders, are not seeing eye-to-eye for the past couple of years after Mr. Patrudu was made president of undivided district unit. Mr. Murthy enjoys the support of Mr. Veerabhadra Rao. Mr. Patrudu is understood to have seen a conspiracy to edge him out of district politics with his nomination to Polit Bureau.
The followers of Mr. Srinivasa Rao, a close follower of Mr. Patrudu, lost their cool when Mr. Satyanarayana Murthy refused to wait to garland the statue of NTR till the arrival of the former. This led to an assault on Mr. Murthy.
Sources in the TDP told The Hindu that due to opposition from Mr. Patrudu, Mr. Murthy was not appointed as president of urban district unit. The appointment of Gana Babu, former Pendurthi MLA who had a brief stint in the Praja Rajyam Party as in-charge of Visakha West constituency, left Mr. Patrudu fuming as Mr. Srinivasa Rao was nursing the hope to get the party ticket for the constituency in 2014.
Observers say, with the bickering coming out in the open, all is not well in the TDP at a time when the general elections are due in 2014.
If Mr. Patrudu and his supporters are not pacified immediately, the party may head for a vertical split.