Worried over the Congress party seizing the initiative in taking up the ‘Samaikhyandhra issue, the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is also making an attempt to be in the race of championing the cause.
The TDP is oranising a meeting of Seemandhra leaders in Guntur on Wednesday in which about six MPs, 50 MLAs and five MLCs are likely to take part. TDP Guntur district president Prattipati Pullarao said the meeting would be held at Siddhartha Gardens to chalk out an action plan to take forward the united Andhra movement.
Sources said the TDP was completely taken aback by the Congress taking lead in both the regions to champion the pro-Telangana and united Andhra movements. Little wonder party chief Chandrababu Naidu allowed the Seemandhra leaders to organise the regional-level conclave in Guntur on Wednesday. “We will go to people’s court with a campaign that the Congress is the main villain as it is playing a double game in both the regions,” observed senior TDP legislator Yarapathineni Srinivasa Rao. Stating that their meeting is not a counter to the recent Congress conclave, Rao said that they wanted to highlight the Congress ploy to keep the state in uncertainty. “The Centre is deliberately encouraging the Congress leaders from both the regions to create a crisis so that it could make the people forget the burning issues like price rise and MSP to the farmers,” pointed out Krishna district TDP chief Devineni Umamaheswara Rao.
Sources said with the Congress delegation from Seemandhra region making a hungama of sorts in Delhi, the TDP MPs are also meeting hurriedly in Delhi on Tuesday. In fact, the TDP was ahead of the Congress in organising meetings and protest programmes such as dharnas and padayatras in the region till party supremo Naidu asked them to go slow. Naidu reportedly asked the leaders from Seemandhra to maintain restraint keeping in view of the party leaders’ bus yatra in the Telangana region.
Sources said senior leader K Yerran Naidu, convinced the party leadership to launch a similar movement in Seemandhra. so that the party cadres need not feel that the party had completely ignored the united Andhra cause. TOI