Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party Thursday said
it would contest the 12 Assembly seats in the Telangana region
where by-elections are due shortly.
"The predominant opinion in our party is in favour of
contesting the by-elections. I will hold further round of
talks with the party`s lower rung leaders and take a final
decision in the next few days," Telugu Desam Party president N
Chandrababu Naidu told newsmen here today.
By-elections are likely to be held for the 12 Assembly
seats in Telangana region next month as the process has to be
completed before August.
The by-elections have been necessitated due to the
resignation of ten Telangana Rashtra Samiti MLAs and one
MLA each of TDP and BJP over the separate statehood issue. The
TDP MLA Ch Ramesh, who resigned from his post, subsequently
quit the party and joined the TRS.
Though there is a demand from pro-Telangana groups that
all the candidates who resigned be elected unopposed, the
Congress announced its intention to fight the by-elections.
In fact, a section of the Congress leaders from Telangana
like CWC members G Venkata Swamy and K Keshava Rao are opposed
to the party contesting the by-elections as it would be
detrimental to the party`s interests.
But the party High Command brushed this opposition aside
and decided to jump into the fray.
With the ruling party staying in contest, the principal
opposition party does not want to be left behind. Accordingly,
Chandrababu Naidu initiated consultation process with senior
leaders of his party from the Telangana region. Barring one
senior leader Kadiyam Srihari, others have favoured contesting
"Our senior leaders are strongly in favour of contesting
the elections. We will consult the second rung leaders as well
as the local party cadre before taking a final decision,"