There is a widespread criticism on Telugu Desam Party’s plan to have an electoral alliance with the Congress in the two Telugu States. TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu had sent feelers within the party about the possibility of the electoral understanding with the Congress. The message did not go well with the rank and file of the party. Though the leaders are not ready to say no to the party chief, they are neither accepting it in open.
Ministers Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy were the first to react to it through the media conference. They blamed Opposition leader Jaganmohan Reddy for leaking the secret pact but did not contest or condemn the allegation. Jaganmohan Reddy said that the TDP chief was planning to have alliance with the Congress for this election, which he termed as pure opportunist plan.
The two Ministers accused Jaganmohan Reddy of spreading Goebbels against the TDP but did not condemn the allegation about the TDP’s alliance with the Congress. While Yanamala accused Jagan of misusing Sakshi media to spread Goebbels against the TDP, Chandramohan Reddy alleged that Jaganmohan Reddy has secret pact with the Jana Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party. He sought clarification from Jaganmohan Reddy on Tirupati former MP Varapasad’s claim that Pawan is in touch with the YSR Congress for electoral alliance.
While keeping Jaganmohan Reddy’s allegations aside, the talk of TDP having alliance with the Congress is not going well with the rank and file. The ministers in their private talks are finding it uncomfortable to discuss the move. “Sharing dais with the Congress leaders at the village and mandal level is not possible. How can we justify this when people question us? The political rivalry between the Congress and TDP is as old as the TDP itself. It is not possible to share dais with them,” is what a senior minister admitted in a private chat with the media persons in Amaravati.
Even Chandrababu Naidu too is said to be getting some negative feedback from the party ranks on the alliance with the Congress. It is to be seen how he would convince the leaders and cadre before he takes a call on the move