The ‘Vastunna meekosam’ padayatra of Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu passed through the districst twice. In the district, the padayatra concluded in March first week.
But, the walkathon seems to have not infused enthusiasm among the leaders and cadre alike. Baring a few, many leaders have not taken up any programme, except for participating in a nation-wide bandh, though many issues are confronting the State. For instance, hardly any voice is heard about the garbage problem in the city, despite the issue making headlines.
The party’s much-touted ‘Intintiki Telugu Desam’ remains a non-starter in a majority of the constituencies in Krishna district. The leaders are showing least interest despite the fact that Mr. Naidu has suggested the MLAs and in-charge persons of constituencies to take up similar walkathons in their constituencies. The leaders and MLAs chose to remain indoors for various reasons, including internal squabbling.
Telugu Desam leaders, instead, made use of the padayatra to consolidate their position in the party.
Groupism in the party was overtly seen during the padayatra. Emergence of new faces — Kesineni Srinivas (Nani) and Devineni Chandrasekhar — fuelled groupism.
The crowning Nagul Meera with TDP Urban post paved the way for discontentment. Followers of Vallabhaneni Vamsi, who served as TDP Urban president, former MP Gadde Rammohan Rao say that the party has not recognised the services of their leaders.
In fact, Mr. Vamsi has not been available to the senior leaders ever since he has been set aside.