Hyderabad: The adamancy of the former minister, Dr Nagam Janardhana Reddy, who is calling himself the convener of the TDP Telangana Forum and defying the party discipline, is taking a serious turn. According to soures, he wants to start his own party and is provoking the TDP chief, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, to expel him from the party.
There is a vertical split in the Telangana protagonists in the TDP. While Dr Nagam has launched his own fight independent of the TDP and its flag, the other group is of the opinion that the Telangana fight should be under the party flag. Dr Nagam is believed to have told his party colleagues that he would fight with the TDP flag only if Mr Naidu writes to the Union Home Minister, Mr Chidambaram, that his party wanted Telangana State to be created. He said that he would keep even the photo of Mr Naidu at his meetings if he writes that letter to Mr Chidambaram.
However, the other Telangana advocates like Mr Yerrabelli Dayakara Rao and Mr Motkupalli Narasimhulu, who were siding with Mr Naidu have been arguing with Dr Nagam that he should fight for Telangana only under the banner of the party. Because of his adamancy, the two are believed to have told Mr Naidu that there was no option left before him, excepting expelling Dr Nagam from the party. The two are reportedly planning to set up a Telangana Coordination Committee and organize meetings in favour of Telangana state. They plan to put their idea into action after Mr. Naidu returns to Hyderabad from Chennai, where he went to attend the swearing-in-ceremony of Ms. Jayalalita as the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu.
It is reliably learnt that Dr Nagam would shortly launch his own party and might have a tie-up with Mr Jagan’s YSR Congress. He is believed to be of the opinion that despite taking credit for championing the Telangana cause, the TRS chief, Mr KCR, has not been moving even an inch forward in achieving the end. Dr Nagam wants to replace KCR as the champion of Telangana, by launching his own political party.
According to sources, Dr Nagam, despite knowing the fate of Mr Devender Goud, who launched his own party and flopped, is confident that his party would certainly make its mark in the Telangana movement. It is being stated that the flag he has been using in his Telangana meetings would be his party flag. Reports say that Dr Nagam would plunge into action as soon as the party expels him. It is also learnt that some leaders like Mr Hariswar Reddy, Mr Venugopalachary and Mr Vijaya Rama Rao are likely to support Dr Nagam. (NSS)