Blames Congress MP for his exit from PRP
GUNTUR: Telugu Desam Party candidate for Narsaraopet Lok Sabha constituency and director of Ramki Group of Companies Modugula Venugopala Reddy has accused Tenali MP and his rival V. Bala Shourie (Congress) of masterminding his exit from the Praja Rajyam Party, an accusation which is vehemently denied by Mr. Bala Shourie, who termed Mr. Reddy as a “political novice.”
“Mr. Bala Shourie was instrumental in planting his coverts in the PRP, who began running slander campaign against me,” he said at a media conference here on Sunday.
Mr. Reddy was, however, quick to point out that he had been humiliated in the PRP and was treated as “second class citizen” in the party, which had been in the grip of a few people.
Reminding that he made his political arangratum in July 2008, a month before the launch of the PRP, and had since then worked tirelessly for the party, he said that the party leadership lacked basic planning and concept of reaching out to the people.
Scene hots up
The firing of this fresh salvo against Mr. Bala Shourie is expected to add intensity to a triangular contest at Narsaraopet.
The denial of Pedakurapadu Assembly Congress ticket to Alla Ramakrishna Reddy (RK), co-brother-in- law of Mr. Venugopala Reddy, too added a new dimension to the turf war, with the family openly pointing fingers at Mr. Bala Shourie for scuttling the chances of Mr. Rama Krishna Reddy.
It remains to be seen if the rivalry affects the chances of Mr. Bala Shourie in the forthcoming elections.