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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