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Mahanadu: ‘succession war' in TDP turns bitter

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Harikrishna sulks; NTR Jr. stays away; Balakrishna hints about bringing back past glory

Reaching out:Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu holding ‘Bonam' while actor Balakrishna holds ‘Batukamma' during the second day of Mahanadu at Gandipet in Hyderabad on Saturday.— PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU
Reaching out:Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu holding ‘Bonam' while actor Balakrishna holds ‘Batukamma' during the second day of Mahanadu at Gandipet in Hyderabad on Saturday.— PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU

Even as the “succession war” in Telugu Desam turned bitter with Polit Bureau member, Nandamuri Harikrishna, leaving the Mahanadu venue sulking, the party president N. Chandrababu Naidu sought to put an end to it.

Mr. Naidu pulled up the Chittoor district party leaders for putting up flexi-boards carrying photo of his son, Lokesh, at the venue at Gandipet and on its route. It amounted to indiscipline and warned that the party would be forced to take stern action. Apparently, these boards appear to have irritated leaders like Mr. Harikrishna (Mr. Naidu's brother-in-law) who is believed to be projecting his son, NTR Jr. Mr. Naidu's caution came after Mr. Harikrishna left the venue around noon after sitting for sometime glumly in a back seat on the dais. Significantly, NTR Jr too stayed away this time saying he was busy with shooting of his film. Senior leader, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, tried hard to convince Mr. Harikrishna to address the delegates as he had been doing it at every Mahanadu. But he remained stubborn signalling him not to press it. He is believed to have come to the venue after two other senior leaders, Kodela Sivaprasada Rao and Karanam Balaramakrishnamurthy, called on him on Friday evening. He reportedly told them that he was upset because he was being ignored and his suggestions not taken in the right spirit. One of his supporters, Ramesh Reddy, former MLA and former secretary of NTR Fans Association, openly told media persons at NTR Ghat that it was time for the party to look beyond Mr. Naidu as the party had lost two Assembly elections under his leadership. It was better the reins of the party were handed over to founder, N.T.Rama Rao's blood relations. Perhaps, keeping the differences in mind, film actor Balakrishna, addressing Mahanadu, stressed on unity and bringing back past glory to the party. Referring to party affairs, he wanted importance be accorded to youth, students, and second-rung leaders.

Sensation

In a related development, Chittoor leader P. Vijay Babu who caused a sensation by putting up Lokesh's flexi-boards, defended his decision saying Mr. Naidu was 61 and only if Mr. Lokesh enters politics now, he would be able take over the leadership in future.


  • Harikrishna not amused by flexi-boards at the venue carrying Lokesh's photos

  • Chandrababu Naidu's brother-in-law believed to be projecting his son NTR Jr.



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