Naidu trying hard to convince Andhra netas

Hyderabad: The TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu who is keen that the party make its stand on separate T state before he launches his padayatra on October 2 has been finding it difficult to convince the Seemandhra leaders over the issue.

Though on record, the leaders say that they would stand by any decision taken by the party president,during the meeting they had with Naidu for the second day on Tuesday, they are said to have expressed strong reservation on the question of sending another letter to the Centre.

In the close door meeting leaders like P Keshav told Naidu that if the party takes a stand in favour of Telangana, the TDP leaders, who strongly opposed bifurcation of state, will face public wrath in their constituencies in the next election in 2014. Their political life will be bleak in the party, they fear.

He said people in Seemandhra were opposing bifurcation of the state. People of his region believed that state will be developed only if it remains united . He also demanded Naidu to make it clear whether to whom the party will submit the letter at Centre and what content will be written in it.

Keshav also suggested Naidu to maintain status quo on Telangana issue until the ruling Congress makes public its stand and also send only one representative from TDP to the all party meeting if convened by Centre on the contentious issue in the coming days. Keshav pointed out the fresh statement made by Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Telangana in the meeting and said when the Centre was not ready to accept the T demand, it will be better for TDP to maintain silence for some more time.

Another senior leader G Buchaiah Chowdhary observed that if the Centre did not accord Telangana, the letter given by the TDP to Centre will not serve any purpose and on other hand it will hamper the party’s winning prospects in Seemandhra region. He, however, told Naidu that he will abide by his decision.

TDP leaders to fix launch place for Naidu’s yatra
TDP senior leaders are burning the midnight oil to zero in on the place from where the party president N Chandrababu Naidu should launch his padayatra.The padayatra has become a prestigious programme for the party as it proposes to utilise this as a mass contact programme with people before facing the 2014 general elections.

According to party sources here, the places shortlisted for the launch include Nimmakuru, the birth place of NT Rama Rao; Srikakulam, from where NTR started his campaign after formation of the party and Tirupati, a favourite for Naidu for all his major political campaigns.Naidu held a meeting with his party leaders and MLAs and discussed the action plan to make success his walkathon.

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