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Talasani hints at joining Congress, Prasanna shoots another letter

HYDERABAD/ NELLORE: The churning in Telugu Desam continued with former Minister, T. Srinivas Yadav, throwing enough hints of joining Congress, while the Kovur MLA, N. Prasanna Kumar Reddy, who started it all, shooting off another letter on Thursday.

Both of them abstained from Thursday’s crucial workshop on the drubbing received by the party in recent elections. Mr. Yadav dropped his move to write a letter and preferred to address the media; he reiterated that all he wanted was that the party should reverse its stand on separate Telangana in tune with the verdict given by the people.

Fielding questions over his next move if he failed to get a response from the party, he said he would announce it at appropriate time, making it clear that he would remain in politics permanently. But he would not specify the party in which he would continue. “For now, all I want is a debate on changing party’s stand and a decision before the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to prevent another debacle.”

He said he knew that he violated party’s discipline by talking openly against party’s stand, but he could not help it as there was no use discussing such issues “within four walls”. He had been a staunch supporter of integrated Andhra Pradesh right from the beginning, but did not make it an issue before elections as it would have harmed the party.

To another question, he said the issue he had raised should not be confused with the one highlighted by the suspended MLA, Mr. Prasanna Kumar Reddy.

In Nellore, Mr. Reddy released a letter he had sent to party president, N. Chandrababu Naidu, questioning his decision to suspend him. In the letter, he accused Mr. Naidu of being in the grip of five industrialists — Nama Nageswara Rao, Choudary of Sujana group, C. M. Ramesh, Koneru Prasad and Khambampati Ram Mohan Rao. From party tickets to strategy, they were deciding everything, while senior leaders were totally ignored.

Mr. Reddy accused Mr. Naidu of “damaging” the party, backstabbing the party founder, N. T. Rama Rao, using NTR’s family members during crisis and dumping them later. He went to the extent of appealing to NTR’s family members to come out and save the party and reiterated his demand that Nandamuri Balakrishna and NTR Junior be made president of the party and Telugu Yuvatha respectively.

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