More smoke appears to be billowing from the TDP in the region, what with the party’s Telangana Forum leader and MLA Errabelli Dayakar Rao coming out hard on party president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday.
Mr. Rao said he was unhappy with the TDP chief, but would not leave the party. He criticised Mr. Naidu for there being no clarity on a proposed alliance with the BJP, and the lack of response to his request to constitute a new committee of the party for Telangana State.
“I am unhappy because Mr. Naidu is not clarifying on several issues. Merely reiterating that the party is committed to the reconstruction of Telangana is of no use,” Mr. Dayakar Rao told The Hindu .
Referring to rumours that he would be joining the Congress, Mr. Rao said he was not joining any party and would leave politics if necessary.
“I will quit politics and stay at home, instead,” he said.
Mr. Rao, who had earlier planned a meeting with party cadre at Thorrur mandal headquarters to decide about his political future, later cancelled the meeting and asked important mandal-level leaders to come to Hyderabad.
It is learnt that he would consult his followers, after which he is likely to resign from the position as convenor of TDP’s Telangana Forum and announce his next political move – whether to join the Congress or any other political party.
Special Correspondent adds: Meanwhile, Mr. Rao was learnt to have been pacified for now by party MP Garikapati Mohan Rao and MLA Revuri Prakash Reddy and senior party leader Vem Narender Reddy.
The trio met the disgruntled leader and dissuaded him from taking any harsh decision that would harm the party.
However, he announced quitting the Telangana Forum convener’s post later.
Party MLA from Mulug Seethakka alias D. Anasuya criticised the TRS leadership for poaching into the TDP. She sought to know if the TRS was not finding candidates to contest elections on its ticket. What would be the fate of leaders who had been working for the TRS from the beginning if leaders from other parties were to be admitted, she asked.
Denies rumours that he is planning to cross over to the Congress