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Cracks in TDP surface again

T. Devender Goud  

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Srinivas Yadav suggests Devender Goud to leave party

HYDERABAD: A day before the crucial Polit Bureau meeting at Kakinada, Telangana issue has again plunged Telugu Desam into a turmoil on Tuesday with differences between two leaders of the region, T. Devender Goud and party MLA Talasani Srinivas Yadav coming to the fore.

Mr. Yadav lashed out at Mr. Goud albeit indirectly, for his pro-Telangana line much against the party’s known stand and virtually suggesting him to leave the party and chart out his own course, if he felt he was bigger than the party.

The Secunderabad MLA went a step further in differing with Mr. Goud and argued that the five-member core committee constituted by the party was not just on Telangana as was made out by “some leaders”. Telangana was not the only issue to be discussed but others like the impact of the party proposed to be launched by megastar Chiranjeevi.

Soon after getting elected, Mr. Yadav caused a flutter by forcefully arguing that he had won on the plank of integrated State and not on Telangana sentiment.

His comments embarrassed Mr. Goud and others like the Warangal MP-elect, Eraballi Dayakar Rao and Station Ghanpur MLA, Kadiam Srihari, who felt the party gained from its ‘softened stand of not opposing separate Telangana’ in the byelections.

They point out that this changed stand has been conveyed to the people by none other than party president N. Chandrababu Naidu.

Kakinada Staff Reporter writes: Mr. Chandrababu Naidu said at Muramalla in East Godavari district that the party would not take a hasty decision on statehood for Telangana as it was a sensitive issue related to the people. It could not afford to commit any mistake on Telangana as it might have serious consequences for the party in future, he told reporters.

Mr. Naidu said that the party had stated that Telangana issue required wider consensus within the party and that was the reason why it constituted a five-member committee to think over the issue. The committee would take its own time to take an appropriate decision.

He reiterated that the alliance forged by Congress and TRS during the 2004 Assembly elections was an opportunistic one aimed at garnering votes and their promise to create Telangana State was doomed from the beginning as none of them lacked the commitment to realise the people’s dream.