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Senior TDP leaders upset with Naidu for allowing Congressmen's entry into the party
Senior leaders in Telugu Desam Party are worried over party chief N Chandrababu Naidu's eagerness to attract massive exodus taking place from Congress into TDP. Already as many as six ministers in the out-going N Kiran Kumar Reddy cabinet are joining TDP, besides 20 other MLAs.
Already the TDP leaders are internally expressing their dissidence over such trend, stating that their party is now turning into 'Telugu Congress'. However, most of the leaders turning towards the party were earlier also in TDP. They had joined the Congress after finding good political prospects in Congress. Now, after realising that the Congress party is practically disappearing from the political scene in the region, so in search of good political heavens, they are landing in TDP.

In districts like Kurnool and Vishakhapatnam, such 'defectors' are likely to take prime lead in getting the election ticket. This trend has been creating a feeling of 'insecurity' among senior leaders, who are fearing that the party may deny them seats in order to accommodate the 'new comers'.

According to estimates about 20 per cent of candidates who are contesting in Assembly polls are likely to be such 'defectors'. TDP's Polit Bureau member and former minister Ch. Ayyanna Patrudu has openly opposed encouraging such 'defections'. He particularly objected admission of senior Congress leaders who were allegedly responsible for killing of number of TDP leaders and workers earlier.

A former minister said that it is understandable if Chandrababu Naidu allots 5 to 10 per cent of seats to people coming from the other parties. But giving them a substantial share in seats would alter the very character of the party, he warned. He was particularly annoyed with the idea of allowing people who remained as key players in Kiran Kumar Reddy cabinet and worked against TDP workers in their respective districts and giving them prime positions in TDP too.

Former Minister Rambhupal Choudhary broke down when he was denied the party ticket to contest from the Kurnool Assembly constituency. He accused N Chandrababu Naidu of doing great injustice by denying him a ticket. Choudhary said that though he was a party loyalist, he was still overlooked in the distribution of tickets. However, he said that he has reached last stage of his life and as such there was no question of quitting the Telugu Desam Party and join other parties.

A large section of the party leaders are unable to digest TDP's move to allow former minister and senior Congress leader J C Diwakar Reddy in Ananthapur district and offering him Anantapur Lok Sabha seat, besides Tadipatri Assembly seat to his brother. TDP leaders have been accusing his role in murders of several party cadres in the district during last ten years.

Likewise, strong opposition is also seen towards move of allowing former minister Mandali Budha Prasad in Krishna district, who was district Congress president for a long. "These leaders are preferring TDP only after realising that Congress cannot makes them to win in polls and doors were closed for them in YSR Congress Party. Allowing such opportunists may create problems within the party in future," a senior leader of TDP added.



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