NALGONDA: Notwithstanding the internal bickering, the general body meeting of the Telugu Desam went off without fireworks at the party district headquarters here on Monday.
Though there is no clear sign of rapprochement between them, the two rival leaders Mothkupalli Narasimhulu, party spokesperson and Gutta Sukhender Reddy, party vice-president, maintained strategic silence over their differences.
Both the leaders kept their cool in their speeches and focussed on the need to bring back the lost glory to the party in the coming elections. Mr. Narasimhulu, who is the party nominee in the Aler byelections, said “everyone should work for the party but not for the candidates. Let’s fight the elections with complete unity.” The party leader Tummala Nageswar Rao, who oversaw the proceedings, also sought to play down the differences between the two top leaders in the district. It may be recalled that Mr. Sukhender and Mr. Narasimhulu traded charges against each other in press conferences last week. However, Mr. Rao asked the leaders to be united to make the party President Chandrababu Naidu’s ‘Mee Kosam’ programme in the district a grand success. “This programme is an attempt to expose the omissions and commissions of the Congress. The response for the programme in other districts is overwhelming. Since ‘Mee Kosam’ sends a strong signal to the people, you should mobilise people to make the programme a grand success,” he said. According to the latest itinerary, Mr. Naidu is going to stay in the district on May 1 and 2 before entering into the neighbouring Khammam district. The party district president Badugula Lingaiah Yadav chaired the general body meeting held to review the preparations for the ‘Mee Kosam’ programme. However Mr. Rao reportedly asked the warring factions to set aside their differences as the atmosphere is conducive for the party to improve its tally in the coming elections. “There was no discussion on our differences. The meeting went off peacefully and we are geared up to make our party president’s visit a grand success,” Mr.Sukhender told The Hindu at the end of the meeting.