Hyderabad: The ongoing `struggle` for
Telangana has sparked a turf war within the main political
parties in Andhra Pradesh.
Unmindful of whether or not they reach the ultimate goal
of securing statehood for the region, everyone involved in
this turf war wants to score brownie points and emerge the
`champion`, or at least be seen as one, in the larger
political game of one-upmanship.
"The Telangana agitation is providing a good platform for
ambitious politicians to climb the political ladder, while
old-timers, mostly in Congress and BJP are using the
opportunity to stay afloat in the current tide," observed
political commentator T Ravi.
In the separatist Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the
self-styled torch-bearer of the statehood movement, two young
MLAs and cousins -- K Taraka Rama Rao (KTR) and T Harish Rao
-- are battling it out among themselves in the succession war
within the outfit. Rama Rao is TRS president K Chandrasekhar
Rao`s son, while Harish is his nephew.
Given his communication skills as well as command over
English, KTR is trying to build a national profile for
himself, while Harish seems more focused on the home turf.
After his father, KTR has emerged as the only voice of TRS in
the national media these days.
In the principal Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDS),
senior legislators M Narasimhulu and Errabilli Dayakar Rao are
in the forefront of the internal supremacy war. Interestingly,
four MLAs, who recently walked out of the TDP, are also
seeking to join the battlefield and be counted.
The BJP has veteran leaders Bandaru Dattatreya, Ch
Vidyasagar Rao and N Indrasena Reddy fighting to safeguard
their relevance in the entire scheme of things and regain lost
glory - their individual as well as that of the party.
Giving them competition is the relatively younger G
Kishan Reddy, an MLA and president of BJP`s AP unit.
The list is lengthy in the ruling Congress where the
battle is not limited to the Telangana region as such but
stretches to the districts.
Topping the Congress` chart is seasoned leader and
Panchayat Raj Minister K Jana Reddy, who even declared that he
would become the chief minister of Telangana state if ever it
His younger colleague from Nalgonda district, Komatireddy
Venkat Reddy, who resigned from the Cabinet last week, has
apparently thrown his hat in the ring even as his followers
shouted "Future CM of Telangana", when he came into the
Assembly to submit his resignation the other day.
Komatireddy, whose younger brother Rajagopal Reddy is a
member of Lok Sabha, is doing everything to be seen as the
real champion, at least within the state Cabinet, of Telangana
MPs like K Keshava Rao, Madhu Yashki Goud, Ponnam
Prabhakar, G Vivekananda and Rajagopal Reddy are not lagging
behind in projecting themselves as the contenders.
According to T Ravi, the success of the political leaders
would be directly proportional to the success of the
"The very fate of parties like Congress, TDP and BJP is
also linked to the outcome of the vexatious statehood issue,"