Telugu Desam Party leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy, who was suspended from the party, has reiterated his demand for announcement of a clear stand in favour of separate Telangana failing which it will be difficult for the TDP to survive in the region.
Dr. Janardhan Reddy, who was accompanied by another party MLA K. Harishwar Reddy, wanted TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu utilise the ongoing Mahanadu to clear the air on the party's stand on separate Telangana and send a message that the party did not go back on its stand taken in 2008. “What is the objection in writing a letter to Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram when the party has given its written commitment to Pranab Mukherjee committee?” he asked.
Clarifying that he had never criticised Mr. Naidu, the suspended TDP leader, however, said it was not proper for the TDP to take refuge under “two eyes” theory as people were not prepared to believe it. He wondered why Mr. Naidu, who acknowledged the prevailing sentiment and supported separate statehood, changed his stand in claiming that the “sensitive” issue had to be dealt with cautiously.
He refuted Mr. Naidu's claims that he gave independence to leaders of the two regions to go ahead with their programmes.
“People know who was behind the samaikhyandhra movement which started a day after the December 9, 2009 announcement by Mr. Chidambaram on Telangana,” he said.
Dr. Janardhan Reddy said the recent meeting organised by the party's Telangana Forum in Karimnagar had revealed the “absence” of public support to the TDP.