TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu remained unflustered on a day when two of his party’s legislators joined the rival Telangana Rashtra Samithi and another big wig, E. Dayakar Rao, voiced dissent almost threatening to quit the party.
“I wish all the party leaders remain with it at the crucial juncture when the State is bifurcated. But, one cannot help if some decide to leave thinking that they will get votes only by joining other parties. People are wise and will not pardon such leaders. It’s for them to tell people why they are leaving the party after Telangana is formed,” Mr. Naidu said at a press conference here on Monday.
The party had many leaders lined up to fill the void left by such defectors in Telangana, he said adding that the party was admitting some able leaders from other parties in Seemandhra only to fill the gaps.
“It doesn’t mean that the party will neglect the existing leaders. We know to respect and accommodate them,” the TDP chief explained.
Asked why the party was hesitating to set up a separate committee for Telangana as demanded by Mr. Dayakar Rao earlier in the day, Mr. Naidu said he had stated umpteen times by now that it would be formed at an appropriate time.
“What else I can tell them. Should I go to town every day repeating the same?” he shot back.
Referring to the municipal elections, the TDP chief said they would be pre-final electoral test for parties ahead of the general elections due soon after.
He said the anno-uncement of urban local bodies’ elections barely a month before general elections was the manifestation of corrupt practices of the Congress as they were being delayed from October 2010.
Elections to rural local bodies were due for the last four years now, he pointed out.
Mr. Naidu launched draft manifesto of the party for the general elections onwww.tdpmanifesto.comwebsite seeking suggestions from people.
They had included in it promises already made by the party.