Naidu stirs hornet’s nest with BJP tie-up, releases first list of candidates cautiously
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu appears to have stirred a hornet’s nest within his party by tying up with BJP. Naidu is facing flak from all quarters of his party in both Telangana and Seemandhra. While some leaders are totally against the alliance itself, others are protesting against the number of seats conceded to BJP.
On the other hand, now that they have sealed the deal, BJP has stepped up pressure on Naidu to allot seats that it chooses, irrespective of whether TDP feels it can win and the BJP may not.
Amidst protests, self-immolation and suicide threats outside his residence and TDP office, a visibly upset Naidu cautiously released the first list of nominees for 27 Assembly and 3 LS seats in Telangana. Sitting MP Ramesh Rathod has been renominated from Adilabad while K Madan Mohan Rao and Banoth Mohan Lal have been named as candidates for Zahirabad and Mahbubabad (ST) Lok Sabha constituencies.
Six sitting MLAs have also been renominated from their respective seats while 21 others have been given tickets in the first list.
Naidu took pains to explain that the alliance was necessary given the present political situation in the state, and assured his party leaders and cadre that it will be a win-win situation. He repeatedly appealed to his partymen to think and consider carefully the choices he was making before opposing or protesting.
“TDP is not new to electoral alliances; we have done it in the past also. Due to the alliance we face some difficulties but leaders and cadre should understand that accommodating one and all is not easy.
“In spite of my best efforts some people may be left out but I assure them that they would be taken care of once we form the government in the form of appointment as Legislative Council members, appointments to corporations, RS MPs etc.
“I appeal to all TDP members to please cooperate and unite and work so that the party wins,’’ Naidu said, before releasing the first list.
The TDP chief said that nominees for all the remaining assembly and LS seats would be declared on Tuesday morning, a day before the last date of filing nominations.
“A number of adjustments and balancing has been done so that there is as little heartburn as possible. Discussions are ongoing with local leaders in Adilababad, Nizamabad, Khammam and Mahbubnagar,” he said.
The first list is said to be to gauge the mood of party men and buy time while negotiations are on to decide candidates for other constituencies.
Naidu said continued…