Internal bickering in the Telugu Desam Party leadership in the district came to the fore with senior leader of the TDP and former minister, Ch. Ayyanna Patrudu, announcing his resignation as polit bureau member and from active politics on Saturday.

The decision to resign was triggered by the suspension of party leader Peela Srinivasa Rao “without a preliminary inquiry” and “ignoring established norms” before initiating disciplinary action. Mr. Patrudu said that he had served as party’s district president in the past and had explained to party president N. Chandrababu Naidu about the situation, but he had not taken any action on it.

Peela Srinivasa Rao was suspended from the party for allegedly instigating the attack on senior party leader and former minister Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy when the latter came to garland a statue of the party founder and former chief minister N.T. Rama Rao at Pendurthy junction on NTR’s death anniversary on Friday. The TDP seems to be heading for a crisis in the district with Mr. Patrudu announcing resignation from active party politics and his supporters threatening to follow suit. He has been serving the party for the last three decades -- as minister for four times, as an MLA five times and as MP once. The party leadership made him a Polit Bureau member recently, but the failure of the leadership to at least consult him before taking such a crucial decision seems to have pained him. Mr. Patrudu ruled out quitting the party and maintained that he “would remain loyal to the party as an ordinary party worker”.