Telugu Desam Party leaders have given up. The leaders who used to dominate while in power today have disappeared without a trace. With series of cases booked against them, security being scaled down, majority of the leaders have confined themselves to Hyderabad. They surrendered in local body elections. They gave up with the announcement that they are withdrawing from contest due to the harassment by the ruling party. It is significant that most of them are senior leaders.
They did not even come forward to file their nominations. With top leaders becoming nervous the low rank leaders thought why should they bother and thus stayed away from the poll process. TDP chief Chandrababu alone is fighting over the issue of local body elections. He may not be visiting the districts but by staying put in Amaravati, he is trying to boost the morale of the party cadres. Senior leaders like KE Krishna Murthy, Amarnath Reddy, J C Diwakar Reddy, Bojjala family, Kodela family and erapatineni Srinivas stayed away from elections.
Though KE Krishna Murthy has the hold in Pattikonda and Done constituencies, he announced that he is staying away from polls. As JC Diwakar Reddy had already announced that he is staying away from elections, some leaders filed the nominations. He subsequently made them withdraw the nominations. In Pulivendula constituency the resignation of Satish Reddy wiped out the party. Though B Tech Ravi was made incharge, he could not ensure filing of even one nomination.
In Allagadda, unable to bear the ruling party’s blow Akhilapriya is said to have compromised. In Pungunuru, former minister Amarnath Reddy did not take a single step. Here his sister-in-law Anisha Reddy is the incharge but she announced that she is pulling out of contest. Bojjala Sudheer Reddy came a day before elections, created a buzz and returned to Hyderabad. In Dharmavaram, Paritala Sriram could not show much impact. However, in Raptadu Paritala Sunita succeeded in achieving filing of good number of nominations. With senior leaders giving up, the election is likely to be one-sided.