The increasingly ‘soft’ approach adopted by Telugu Desam Party national president N. Chandrababu Naidu towards TS Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is leading to disquiet among TS TD leaders.
The undercurrents of heartburn and unease are all too evident, but the TS TD leaders prefer to express in private their displeasure and disappointment at Mr Naidu’s stance, especially at a time when the party is poised to take on the TRS in civic body polls for the GHMC and Khammam Municipal Corporation, and bypolls for the Narayankhed Assembly and Warangal Lok Sabha seats.
“With his soft approach towards KCR, we are now left in the lurch. Our chief used to be more aggressive in his approach towards KCR, he has suddenly changed his approach. Does this mean that we should change accordingly?” asked a senior leader from Warangal.
“Already, there is no unity among the leaders here. Mr Naidu used to coordinate and we used to follow his instructions. If he is not going to be at the helm of affairs, TD leaders will start quarrelling and will act according to their whims, which will not bode well for the party,” a senior TD leader from Nizamabad said.
More than Mr Naidu’s regular monitoring, the TS TD is in need of finances to function. “If Mr Naidu decides to stay away from us, who will come forward to help us financially?” asked another leader. It’s an accepted fact that any Opposition party that is cash-starved cannot take up the political activities that can create an impact.
Chandrababu to skip Warangal campaign
TDP president and AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has decided to stay away from campaigning on behalf of BJP-TDP nominee P Devaiah in the Warangal LS bypoll scheduled to be held on November 21.
It is learnt that the party chief has instructed the party leaders to maintain restrain and not to make ‘controversial and objectionable comments and statements’ against any leader, including Telangana Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao during the campaign.