Staff Reporter

KHAMMAM: The Telugu Desam Party cadres were enthused and inspired by the deliberations at the State executive meeting which turned out to be an impressive show. Some 500 members of the party and a host of special invitees from the districts took part in the meeting.

The senior leaders and polit bureau members had a hectic schedule with party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu chalking out strategies to fight the Congress on the nuclear deal at the national level and to outwit the impact of desertions that had a dampening effect on the spirits of the cadres in the State.

The deliberations culminated in announcement of free rice, free power for the poor in the event of the TDP coming back to power in the state. The party had constituted a three-member committee to study the issues pertaining to the peasant community and resolved to fight for its cause. The TDP also favoured working in tandem with the Left parties, constituents of the UNPA and other like minded parties on the nuclear deal.

New hopes

The new found friendship with the BSP after the departure of Mulayam Singh from the UNPA raised new hopes. The party leaders were of the impression that any understanding with the BSP would benefit the party at the hustings in the State.

Mr. Naidu as well as some of his senior colleagues in the party made light of the new political parties and their impact on the voters in the State. The speakers made a scathing attack on the leaders, who had deserted the party at the crucial juncture by likening their act with betrayal of soldiers in the wartime.

A few thousands of party men, who came from Ranga Reddy district, met the party chief and assured him of their support to bring the party back into power.

“The people in fact gave us long innings. They are still with us. We have nothing to regret for. It is certainly a tough task to retain the party hold in the days to come. It could be possible only by way of involving the party cadres at the grass roots level in a more effective manner,” said a senior leader and former Minister from Telangana region.

The town was painted yellow for the executive meeting as well as the ‘Mekosam’ yatra that followed on Tuesday. Mr. Naidu thanked the district leadership for making the programme a success.