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Paleti Rama Rao and his followers quit party posts

ONGOLE: Senior TDP leader Paleti Rama Rao and his followers have resigned to the party posts to express their resentment against the high command’s failure to resolve intra-party squabbles in Chirala constituency.

Urging party president N. Chandrababu Naidu to act tough with district party chief Karanam Balaramakrishna Murthi and prevent him from conducting parallel programmes, which, according to them, are weakening the party in the constituency.

‘Mega’ hopes

“Unless this is done immediately, it will not be possible to continue in the party,” they assert. Lured by the prospects of joining the party proposed to be floated by actor Chiranjeevi, the dissident leaders have raised the banner of revolt in a bid to settle their position in the party.

Hailing from Yadava community, Dr. Rama Rao is known in party circles as one who always speaks his mind and raised his voice of dissent. He locked horns with Ummareddy Venkateswarlu, D. Rama Naidu and D. Lakshmi Padmavathi in the past. And now, he is taking on district party chief.

“The TDP faces an uphill task in Chirala, which is represented by Finance Minister K. Rosaiah. The party has taken up several agitations to expose the misrule of the Congress. But there is little support to the programmes from the district party chief,” Dr. Rama Rao says.

“I have taken this to the notice of the high command several times but in vain. I am fed up with the party,” he says. As elections are fast approaching, new political parties are emerging and it is necessary form him to ascertain his position in the party before taking any decision on his future course of action.

At the instance of Mr. Chandrababu Naidu, senior TDP leaders K. Yerrannaidu and Y. Ramakrishnudu spoke to Dr. Rama Rao, who it appears is insisting on some concrete action against Mr. Murthi if he were to continue in the party.