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Makineni’s resignation threat impacts Telugu Desam meet

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Testing times: TDP Guntur district core committee meeting in progress at party president Prathipati Pulla Rao’s house at Chilakaluripet in Guntur district on Saturday. —
Testing times: TDP Guntur district core committee meeting in progress at party president Prathipati Pulla Rao’s house at Chilakaluripet in Guntur district on Saturday. —

Staff Reporter

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CHILAKALURIPET: The high drama over the resignation threat of senior TDP leader Makineni Pedarathaiah had its impact on a review meeting held at the residence of district party president Prathipati Pulla Rao on Saturday afternoon. The closed-door meeting was hosted by Mr. Pulla Rao to chart out the party’s future course of action in various Assembly segments in the coming days.

The meeting was attended by all senior leaders, with the exception of Makineni Pedarathaiah. An hour after the meeting began at 11 a.m., former minister Kodela Siva Prasada Rao walked out saying he had some other engagement to attend. Former MP Lal Jaan Basha and Tenali in-charge Gogineni Uma too followed Dr. Prasada Rao.

Another prominent leader, Alapati Rajendra Prasad came late, almost at the end of the meeting. The district president, however, parried questions about the absence of senior leaders at a press briefing. He said that all the senior leaders stood united in exposing the “corrupt” government practices.

Action plan

Giving details about the various agitations lined up in July, he said that a massive dharna would be held here on July 8 on rising petroleum prices and essential goods, followed by an agitation against hoarding of fertilizers and seeds at Sattenapalli on July 16. The TDP would organise a protest at Macherla on July 18 against the delay in payment of compensation to chilli farmers affected by the major fire mishap on May 3. The next agitation would be organised at Cherukupalli in Repalle constituency on July 21 to protest alleged incorrect loan waiver scheme.

The meeting was then abruptly called off in the afternoon with the senior leaders rushing to Guntur on hearing about Dr. Pedarathiah’s resignation.

Cycle yatra

The party leaders from surrounding constituencies would join the agitations at those four locations. After the on-going ‘Palle Nidra’ programme, TDP leaders would undertake 40 km cycle yatras in each Assembly constituency. The party also proposed to picket all District Cooperative Central Bank branches on loan waiver and issue of fresh loans.


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