District Committee of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will meet at the party office here on Wednesday to prepare an action plan for party chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu’s visit to Kuppam Assembly constituency on November 18 and 19. The district leaders had earlier planned a four-day visit, but were instructed by Naidu to trim the schedule to two days.
Earlier on many occasions, Mr Naidu’s visit to Kuppam was primarily viewed as a local affair there, limited to the participation of the local cadres. Last time when Mr Naidu visited Kuppam was one and half years ago. Prior to the local bodies’ elections, the district TDP witnessed chaotic politics, but the cadres were forced to forge unity at the nick of the moment. A section of leaders are still not happy with the present district leadership and differences continue to polarise the dominant Balija and Kamma groups from time to time. They deplore that though Mr Naidu knew about the danger, he always preferred to evade the point. At present, the party is facing leadership crisis in Madanapalle, Tamballapalle, Palamaner, Piler and Chandragiri Assembly constituencies with no in-charges. This issue is set to figure prominently in the meeting. The TDP district general-secretary, Gownivari Srinivasulu, told The Hindu that the meeting will focus mainly on the success of “Intintiki Telugu Desam” in Chittoor constituency.