The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) stage a comeback in Telangana? Yes, say party leaders who claim it would play a key role in the formation of the State government during the next elections. The party has been conducting a Mini-Mahanadu, the party’s annual conference, in all the five districts of erstwhile Warangal district. Senior leaders Revuri Prakash Reddy and Garikapati Mohan Rao have urged party cadre not to lose morale, saying the party would stay afloat in the State. “TDP has been empowering the backward classes (BC) and downtrodden. These communities are forever indebted to the party,” the leaders claimed.
Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Prakash Reddy said his party would win anywhere between 25 to 30 Assembly seats in next State elections. Even if Congress or TRS emerges as the single largest party, the support of TDP legislators would be crucial in forming the government, he added. He said the TDP still has a mass base and loyal cadre, which no other party in the State can boast of. The structure of the party remained intact despite the migration of some leaders to TRS, Mr. Prakash Reddy said. “Some leaders may have departed, but not the party cadre.
The party also accorded the due representation in politics to all communities and women, leaders said. It helped women become leaders of self-help groups (SHG) and education and water management committees in villages. Such measures had ensured that the party still retained village-level loyalty among the people. Khammam Special Correspondent writes The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will soon emerge as a force to reckon with in Telangana and will play a pivotal role in forming the government after the 2019 elections in the State, said the party Polit Bureau member Nama Nageswara Rao.
The TDP leadership has hinted at the party’s prospective alliances in the next elections and one political party has expressed its willingness to sail with the TDP in the next hustings. With still a year to go for the next general elections, a decision in this regard will be taken by the party leadership at an appropriate time under the aegis of the party supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu, he said. Addressing the Khammam parliamentary constituency level Mini-Mahanadu meeting held here on Monday, Mr. Rao, the former Khammam MP, said the TDP has a strong strength of loyal party cadres, who form the backbone of the organization. Referring to the splendid victory of the TDP in the 2013 gram panchayat elections in the erstwhile Khammam district, he exhorted the party cadre to work hard to help the party repeat its impressive show in the next gram panchayat elections. The Mini-Mahanadu will deliberate on wide-ranging issues including unabated farmer suicides, unemployment, and deficiencies plaguing education and health sectors, Mr. Rao said.