The opposition Telugu Desam Party had decided to continue its fight for special category status (SCS) to the State. While it is not known whether TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu would continue his fight against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and unite the non-NDA parties at the national level, the TDP MPs were told to continue their fight in the Parliament and outside for the SCS.
The TDP chief had held a meeting with the party senior leaders on Tuesday where some major issues were discussed ahead of Chandrababu Naidu’s foreign tour. The TDP leaders discussed about Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy’s style of functioning which is projecting the TDP government as corrupt and felt that they should wait for some more time to react to the allegations. They also discussed about the Governor handing over AP buildings in Hyderabad to the Telangana State and felt that it was wrong on the part of the AP chief minister to accept the delegation, without discussing it in the State Cabinet meeting. However, they have decided to give some more time to the new chief minister.
The party also discussed the reasons for the party’s debacle in the just-concluded elections in the State. One of the leaders posed a question why the party had lost in Ananthapur where Kia Motors was established and in Guntur where the capital city was located. They felt the need to critically look into the issues that have caused the humiliating defeat to the party.
Some of the leaders have also tried to identify and admit that BCs and the Madiga community in the SCs have moved away from the TDP and emphasised the need to look into this and get them back to the party fold before the State goes for the Panchayat Raj elections.
The party meeting also decided to have the State headquarters in Gollapudi where former Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao had built a spacious building. The party headquarters is currently located in the Guntur and it would be moved to Gollapudi on the outskirts of Vijayawada city.