Party president Chandrababu Naidu steps in to quell the trouble
Differences cropped up in the TDP again on Sunday over the Telangana issue, with party president N. Chandrababu Naidu and Telangana TDP Forum convenor Nagam Janardhan Reddy holding parallel meetings.
Mr. Naidu reportedly favoured a coordination committee, while the leaders, most of them MLAs, who met at Dr. Reddy's residence, demanded the creation of a Telangana wing of the party. As the differences peaked by evening and threatened to turn into a major crisis, Mr. Naidu called Dr. Reddy and others and managed to quell the trouble after which the crisis blew over.
Charge against Cong
At a press conference late in the evening after meeting Dr. Reddy and others, the TDP president said he had reviewed the developments in the party since morning and talked to the leaders concerned. The party remained united.
He said that nobody could stop the Congress from taking a decision on Telangana irrespective of other parties' opinion. It was unnecessarily blaming other parties. The TDP had opposed revival of the Legislative Council in the State but the Congress had gone ahead.
Dr. Reddy did a volte face after stating in the afternoon that he would not attend Mr. Naidu's meeting as he was not invited. He, along with E. Dayakar Rao and K. Srihari, joined Mr. Naidu around 7.45 pm.
There was trouble right from the morning as these three senior leaders skipped the meeting at Mr. Naidu's residence called to discuss both Telangana issue and farmers problems. These “hardliners” wanted the party to take a decisive action and allow formation of a separate wing but Mr. Naidu was not keen. This gave rise to speculation that there would be a showdown and that action would be initiated against Dr. Reddy.
Within hours, two groups emerged within Telangana with MLAs proceeding to Dr. Reddy's residence, while others like T. Devender Goud, known to have differences with Dr. Reddy, L. Ramana, G. Sayanna, Nama Nageswara Rao, Ramesh Rathod, Motkupalli Narasimhulu and T. Srinivas Yadav attending Mr. Naidu's meeting.
After the meeting around 2.30 p.m, Dr. Reddy told mediapersons that he and other MLAs had no differences with Mr. Naidu and were not planning to quit the party. All they wanted was a Telangana wing as it would create confidence among people in the region that the party favoured statehood for the region.
Several legislators, including R. Prakash Reddy, A. Uma Madhava Reddy, K. Harishwar Reddy, P. Mahender Reddy, G. Goverdhan, S. Jaipal Yadav and K.S. Ratnam attended the meeting at Dr. Reddy's residence.