Heart-burn among TDP leaders
Heart-Burn Among TDP Leaders. The Telugu Desam Party in the district is facing the problem of plenty as several leaders from Congress party along with their supporters have joined it in recent times.
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Visakhapatnam: The Telugu Desam Party in the district is facing the problem of plenty as several leaders from Congress party along with their supporters have joined it in recent times. Adding to their anxiety is near certainty of alliance with BJP which needs to be allotted some seats, which will hurt their chances.
Once the pact is inked, in all probability, the BJP will contest from Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha constituency since it has already cleared the candidature of its senior leader and national disciplinary committee member Kambhampati Haribabu for the seat. The TDP may have to give at least one of the seven Assembly seats under the Lok Sabha constituency and the BJP is now preferring Visakhapatnam North to Visakhapatnam South. There are quite a few aspirants – P V N Madhav, son of senior leader P V Chalapathi Rao, P Vishnu Kumar Raju, president of Visakhapatnam District Cricket Association, and Ch Ramakotaiah.
As Haribabu is likely to be fielded for Lok Sabha, TDP leader and former MP MVVS Murthy may be allotted Visakhapatnam East and the TDP sitting MLA Velagapudi Ramakrishna Babu may be denied renomination. The situation is not any different in other Assembly segments.
Pendurthi MLA Panchakarla Ramesh Babu who left the Congress party to join TDP with the hope of winning the seat again, has former minister Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy ahead of him. Therefore, he has now chosen Visakhapatnam North and already begun work there. But, with the BJP likely to get allotted the seat for contest, he finds he has no place to go. Already two other sitting MLAs from Congress—Chintalapudi Venkataramaiah of Gajuwaka and UVR Murthy alias Kannababu from Elamanchili who joined TDP – may not get the tickets, it is said. Palla Srinivas who joined the TDP a couple of days back, is said to have been promised ticket. Kannababu wants ticket at least for his son Sukumar Raju, who is the chairman of District Cooperative Central Bank, to be fielded from his constituency but it is doubtful if the TDP ledership would oblige him.
There are also others like Dr SA Rahman, his wife Shirin Rahman, young woman entrepreneur and social worker Anita Sakuru, senior leaders Bharanikana Ramarao and Kona Tatarao all desirous of entering the fray. In such a situation, the TDP leadership has decided to wait till the last moment for finalising its nominees which will be done only in the second week of next month. He is said to be not keen on finalising the list of contestants to Assembly and Lok Sabha before April 12.