The group rivalry in the Telugu Desam Party seem to have spilled into the election of Sir C.R. Reddy Group of Educational Institutes. The TDP former minister Maganti Venkateswara Rao (Babu) has taken a plunge into the election fray for the president post of the CRR group. The party’s another former Union Minister Bolla Bulliramaiah, representing the Mullapudi family, is said to have roped in his close relative and industrialist Alluri Indrakumar for the same post in a bid to settle scores with his rival group within the party. Mr. Indrakumar is a son of Alluri Bapineedu, one of the key promoters of the CRR group. The election is slated for May 5. Sir. C.R. Reddy College was established in 1945 with the efforts by then Eluru municipal Chairman Dhamaraju Venkata Rao in securing permission from the then Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University Sir. C.R. Reddy.

A group of the Management Committee is out to replace Chava Ramakrishna, incumbent president of the CRR group of Colleges and drew Mr Babu into the fray. Mr. Ramakrishna reportedly approached Mr. Bulliramaiah seeking his support for his re-election. When both the rival groups sought to avoid the contest by ensuring a unanimous election through mediation by Mr. Bulliramaiah, the latter was alleged to have introduced his relative as his own candidate for the coveted post.

The political rivalry between the Mullapudi family, which was associated with the TDP, and the Maganti family, sailing with the Congress, is deep-rooted and age-old. The district has witnessed a game of one-upmanship between the two families for several years. However, Mr. Babu broke his family’s tradition and embraced the TDP in the run-up to the 2009 general elections and secured the party ticket for the Eluru Lok Sabha seat. With these dramatic turn of events in the TDP, Mr. Bulliramaiah, who held the seat in the past, was at his wit’s ends and kept maintaining a low profile in the party activities.

Meanwhile, supporters of Mr. Babu allegedly met party president N. Chandrababu Naidu, who was on a walkathon a couple of days ago and allegedly complained against Mr. Bulliramaiah for his role in college elections. A section attributes drubbing of the TDP presidential candidate Y.T. Raja of the Mullapudi family in the recent District Cooperative Central Bank elections to lack of coordination between the two key leaders in the party.

TDP former minister Maganti Venkateswara Rao takes a plunge into the election fray for president post of the CRR group