3 Telangana MLAs raise banner of revolt against TDP leadership
Three MLAs from Telangana raised a banner of revolt against TDP, demanding that party president N Chandrababu Naidu write a letter to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram reiterating support for formation of a separate state.
Hyderabad: Three MLAs from Telangana have
raised a banner of revolt against the TDP leadership demanding
that party president N Chandrababu Naidu write a letter to
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram reiterating support for
formation of a separate state.
Leading the rebels is TDP politburo member and senior
MLA Nagam Janardhana Reddy. Though he has been maintaining
that he holds nothing either against Naidu or the party, Nagam
is speaking clearly in a language challenging the TDP, which
has a strong presence in Telangana region with 38 MLAs.
Two other legislators K Harishwar Reddy and Jogu
Ramanna have joined chorus with Nagam on the statehood issue
and have refused to toe the party line. In fact, the trio has
refused to carry the party flag and conduct programmes,
seeking Telangana state, on their own.
While Nagam and Harishwar organised two public
meetings in their respective constituencies in the last 10
days, drumming support for a separate state, Ramanna announced
that he would conduct a similar meeting `Telangana Nagaara` in
Adilabad in the first week of June.
Both Harishwar and Ramanna too said they would not
carry the TDP flag till it clearly extended support to
Senior MLA and former union minister S Venugopalachari
too is siding with the three rebel MLAs but has not spoken
anything against the party so far. He is also extending
support to Ramanna`s meeting in Adilabad, their home district.
Nagam led the Telangana Telugu Desam Forum, a panel
informally constituted within the party to take up programmes
in support of a separate state.
Nagam, however, faced a rebellion from his own
colleagues who staunchly opposed his "unilateral" ways of
functioning. In fact, the Telangana TDP leaders went to the
extent of accusing Nagam of acting at the behest of Telangana
Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrasekhar Rao.
Interestingly, Nagam received support from TRS leaders
and other Telangana protagonists even as his own party
colleagues gunned for his head.
Telugu Desam Legislature Party deputy leader M
Narasimhulu lashed out at Nagam saying he was raising the
Telangana slogan only to serve his vested interests. This
forced Nagam to give up the Forum post in March after which he
had been acting rather independently.
Though Chandrababu repeatedly said he had no objection
to TDP leaders taking up programmes in support of Telangana,
in deference to the people`s wishes, Nagam totally ignored the