Devender Goud strengthens hopes for Telangana state జూన్ 24, 2008Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Identity, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
New party may boost Telangana demand
25 June 2008 Hindutan Timies
The demand for a separate Telangana state could gain momentum with T Devender Goud, who resigned from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Monday, preparing to launch his own party. Goud’s resignation has triggered a chain of events indicating a realignment of forces in Telangana region in the coming months. More leaders from other parties are likely to join the bandwagon.
A mass leader with strong organisational skills, Goud is becoming the rallying point for all the votaries of Telangana, including those who supported the Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS).
Goud’s telephone has not stopped ringing since Monday morning with leaders and cadres of many parties across Telangana calling him to either congratulate or evince interest in his new venture. The first casualty could be the already-badly-mauled TRS. The sub-regional party could see a mass exodus to Goud’s new party.
Apparently keeping that in mind, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao invited Goud to join TRS, which the latter promptly rejected. Goud nurses ambitions of becoming the first Chief Minister and is not likely to play second fiddle to anyone.
He has already crossed the first hurdle by bagging the support of intellectuals from Telangana, who helped TRS gain legitimacy. The Telangana Development Forum, a powerful lobby of NRIs from Telangana, is also said to be reviewing its stand vis-à-vis TRS.
Setback for TDP as two leaders quit
In a major setback to the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh, senior leaders and former ministers T. Devender Goud and E. Peddi Reddy resigned from the party on Monday.
Protesting the party’s delay in taking a clear stand on the issue of a separate Telangana state, Goud sent his resignation to party president N. Chandrababu Naidu Monday morning.
Goud, who was number two in the party and served as home minister in the previous TDP government, was unhappy with the party leadership for not taking a pro-Telangana stand.
His personal assistant delivered the resignation letter to NTR Trust Bhavan, the party headquarters. Goud also resigned as member of the state legislative assembly. Soon after, Peddi Reddy, also a former minister, sent his resignation to the party president and said he would work for the movement to achieve separate statehood for the region.
Several party leaders, demanding a pro-Telangana stand, were also likely to resign. Senior leader and legislator Kadiam Srihari, party vice-president G. Sukhender Reddy, former union minister S. Venugopalachary and former legislator Muthyam Reddy are expected to put in their papers.
The resignations shocked the TDP at a time when it was gearing up for the forthcoming polls to the state assembly and Lok Sabha and Naidu was on a state-wide tour.
Naidu, who is currently in Srikakulam district, held talks with his aides to review the situation arising out of resignations.
Reacting to the developments, TDP parliamentary party leader K. Yerran Naidu said it would have no impact on the party.
Goud had raised his voice in favour of a separate Telangana state earlier this month when the party was celebrating its good performance in by-elections to 18 assembly and four Lok Sabha seats. The TDP wrested one Lok Sabha and four assembly seats from the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS).
Ignoring Naidu’s directive to all leaders not to make their views on the sensitive issue public, Goud, Peddi Reddy and some others demanded that the party take a pro-Telangana stand before next year’s polls.
Goud and his supporters were unhappy over Naidu loyalists ‘humiliating’ him. The senior leader from Ranga Reddy district was also sidelined in the first meeting of TDP’s core committee on Telangana, held in Vizianagaram district June 18.
Goud was a member of the five-member committee formed in April to look into the issue. Naidu, who presided over the first meeting, had said the party would take an “appropriate decision at an appropriate time”.
Naidu, who was chief minister from 1995 to 2004, had even remarked that resignation of some leaders would have no impact on the party.
Source: Deccan Heralad, 23 June 2008