The Telugu Desam Party has condemned the Congress MLA Daggubati Venkateswara Rao for firing a salvo at party president N. Chandrababu Naidu.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Telugu Desam Party State general secretary Varla Ramaiah said that N T Rama Rao's son Nandamuri Balakrishna approached Union Minister Daggubati Purandeswari to sign a letter that family members of NTR would present the statue for installing on the Parliament premises. She, however, evaded it.

She instead, approached Lok Sabha Speaker saying that she would present the NTR's statue. It was sheer betrayal. It was not proper on the part of Mr. Venkateswara Rao to cast aspersions on the TDP and its president, he said.

The Telugu Desam Party had been making efforts to install the statue on the Parliament premises ever since K. Yerran Naidu was member of the National Patriot Committee.

The issue had been pursued since year 2000. Ms. Purandeswari had never attempted to convince the then Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy to hand over a statue, he recalled.