Patch-up bid in KCR's party falls through

HOW TO DOUSE THE FIRE: A. Narendra holding talks with dissident TRS legislators in Hyderabad on Monday.  

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: A patch-up bid by the leadership with rebel TRS MLAs failed on Monday as both sides continued to maintain their stand.

The four-member delegation of the loyalists led by Union Minister of State for Rural Development A. Narendra could not achieve any breakthrough in meeting the demand of the rebels to persuade party president K. Chandrasekhar Rao to offer public reply to the questions raised by them in an open letter. It stuck to its earlier stand that the issues could be discussed in the legislature party meeting.

Mandadi breaks down

Mandadi Satyanarayana Reddy, who has emerged as key player of the rebels, told reporters later that the crisis was anything but over. Sources said Mr. Reddy broke down twice while recalling the references to him by speakers at the Warangal meeting of the leadership on Friday.

The four-hour meeting at the quarter of Mr. Reddy in Old MLA Quarters was said to have been marred by angry exchange of words . It was attended by five rebel MLAs while a sixth legislator, Narayan Rao Patel, explained his point of view over phone.

The meeting was notable for the walkout by Chennur MLA D. Srinivas Rao, who reportedly minced no words in attacking Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao. He said Statehood for Telangana was impossible as long as Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao led the party. He would quit politics if separate Telangana indeed materialised under the present president.

Mr. Srinivas Rao said he left the meeting to let the leadership know how much influence he wielded on the other rebels. That he was influencing his colleagues and masterminding their move was one of the charges against him at the Warangal meeting. He walked off in a huff challenging the leadership to take action against him. At one stage, Mr. Narendra and his team refused to leave the venue unless the rebels agreed to attend the legislature party meeting to discuss the problem. The MLAs said they could not give up so easily and dug out the ill-treatment and burning of their effigies by party men.

Parkal MLA B. Shara Rani said it would take a year to overcome the shock. Meanwhile, they would try to win back the confidence of their supporters by holding a series of meetings, the first of which is scheduled around November 27 in Warangal.