Staff Reporter

TDP candidate flags off ‘Prachara Ratham’ of the CPI

Finalising of Naidu’s childhood friend Sankar Reddy’s name shocks Left

The initial hitch was overcome after TDP chief sorted out matter on April 1

TIRUPATI: After initial hiccups, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Left parties restarted their joint campaign in Tirupati on Wednesday.

In a rare show of camaraderie, the Telugu Desam’s MLA candidate Kandati Sankar Reddy flagged off the CPI’s ‘Prachara Ratham’ that is meant to be used as the common campaign vehicle of the Grand Alliance.

It may be recalled that Mr. Sankar Reddy was the first to start campaign in the constituency with TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu after the latter finalised the name of his childhood friend much before the election fever caught up and the coalition was formed.

The Left parties got a rude shock when the TDP went ahead on its own without consulting its alliance partners. The issue reached a flashpoint last month when Mr. Sankar Reddy abstained from the maiden joint meeting called by the CPI at its district office, in which the latter saw a deliberate attempt by the TDP to snub the alliance partners.

However, things started falling in place after Mr. Naidu, during his visit to the temple city on April 1, took the lead in sorting things out.

On Wednesday, the party leaders were seen ‘rubbing shoulders’ for the first time after the procession taken out by the allies when Mr. Sankar Reddy filed his nomination.

Together in campaign

A semblance of solidarity could be seen in the cadres of both the groups when they canvassed at Anna Rao Circle in the city. CPI district secretary P. Harinatha Reddy appealed to the public to dethrone the ‘corrupt Congress’ by casting their vote in favour of Mr. Sankar Reddy.