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Another top leader may quit PRP

In another jolt to the Praja Rajyam Party (PRP),T Devender Goud,one of its senior most leaders,on Saturday indicated that he was going back...

In another jolt to the Praja Rajyam Party (PRP),T Devender Goud,one of its senior most leaders,on Saturday indicated that he was going back to the Telugu Desam Party from which he had resigned on June 24 last year.

Goud met PRP president Chiranjeevi and is learnt to have expressed his desire to return to the TDP. Emerging out of the meeting,Goud said he would discuss the issue with his supporters and pro-Telangana leaders supporting him and decide when to join the TDP.

“I hold Chiranjeevi in high regard and he has confided in me on every issue. I also discussed with him the lack of a strong Opposition party in the state,” he said.

Goud had resigned last year citing differences with TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu over the party’s stand on Telangana. Alleging that Naidu was anti-Telangana and was against the demand for a separate state,he had launched Nava Telangana Party (NTP) in August last but later,merged it with the PRP just before the elections. Goud contested the Lok Sabha elections on the PRP ticket from Malkajgiri constituency and from Ibrahimpatnam Assembly seat in Ranga Reddy,but lost from both places.

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A prominent backward class leader,Goud was member of the TDP’s politburo and second in command in the party after Naidu.


Vijayashanti on way out

HYDERABAD: Film actress-turned-politician P Vijayashanti is likely to quit the Telangana Rashtra Samiti after the party decided not to include her in the 23-member politburo. The yesteryear firebrand actress has revolted against the party leadership over her exclusion. She has already been throwing hints that she may join the Congress after she went and met Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy last week. On Saturday,she said her exclusion from the politburo was an insult to her and she would not take it anymore.

First published on: 02-08-2009 at 04:55 IST
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