Region & Caste in 2009 Telugu elections జూలై 7, 2008Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in elections, Identity, In News, NTPP, politics, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
Region and Caste central to Next Telugu elections
Are elections there tomorrow or the day after? Situation is like that if the tension of political parties is any indication. Telugu politics is about to take interesting turn once again with election fever gripping every party- new and the old and battered and not so shattered alike.
Recent byelections changed the scene radically. It shattered TRS and made opponents less worried. Congress thinks fit to face the challenge all alone. TRS is victim of exodus of its members and thinkers into proposed party of Devender Goud. TDP is facing threat from Telangana and Chiranjeevi factors too. There is now exodus from TDP to Goud in Telangana and into Chiranjeevi party in Andhra and Rayalaseema.
Caste and region are going to be stronger factors in the next elections. Devender Goud and Chiranjeevi need to name the parties and launch them and get qualifications required for contesting the polls. Get ready to have name and a flag. Have to declare what they stand for and how they plan to ensure their promises. TRS and TDP have to retain and hold on the dwindling energies and ensure people are there to carry the flags.
It’s like examination time. Very little time left for the test. And definitely reading the whole syllabus is not any solution for these parties. Only short cuts will be sought – guides, copying, or any other innovative design.
Speculation is rife. Parties are worried and busy in the game of finding promising partners. Forging alliances is the first option with optimal results for those who do not have anything better to gain people’s confidence in the limited time.
Exodus is bringing old ‘rivals’- pro and anti- separate state parties- TDP and TRS to explore dosti if necessary, or at least that is what the media is full of these days. After all nothing is permanent or ideological in electoral politics of Telugu parties desperate to protect their identity or grab power.
Now state politics is fluid and ready to take amoeba kind shapes with the permutations and combinations that just follow law of gravity of pulling floating votes from the flowing waters.
M Bharath Bhushan
Mass exodus worries TDP
Sunday July 6 2008 11:15 IST
HYDERABAD: Alarm bells are ringing in the Telugu Desam Party with several leaders biddying goodbye to the party for one reason or the other.West Godavari district was dismissed from the party for his public talk on Chiranjeevi’s party. Kotagiri had problems with local leaders and the party leadership has decided to sideline him.East Godavari district party president Jyothula Nehru quit followed by former MLA T Trimoorthulu also from the East Godavari district.Vijayawada, two leaders – A Jayaprakash and MK Baig – recently joined the Congress party.Guntur district M Pedda Rathaiah threatened to quit. He, however, deferred his plans after N Harikrishna reportedly called on him. Despite Naidu’s repeated efforts to set right the Guntur party unit it failed to yield any positive results.
The 26-year-old party which ruled the State for almost 17 years is now facing a crisis with desertion of several leaders during the last one month. More than dozen prominent leaders have quit the party.
They are either to join Chiranjeevi’s upcoming party or join Telangana forces. While the Andhra and Rayalaseema leaders are looking at Chiranjeevi, the Telangana leaders are joining Devender Goud’s to be launched party.
TDP received a major setback, when its number two leader Devender Goud quit the party to float his own outfit. Another senior leader E Peddi Reddy too joined Goud.
Before this, former minister Kotagiri Vidyadhara Rao from West Godavari district was dismissed from the party for his public talk on Chiranjeevi’s party. Kotagiri had problems with local leaders and the party leadership has decided to sideline him. Later, East Godavari district party president Jyothula Nehru quit followed by former MLA T Trimoorthulu also from the East Godavari district.He quit the party after Naidu decided to field another candidate from Ramachandrapuram Assembly segment in the next elections. In Prakasam district, former Chirala MLA P Ramarao resigned as he had doubts over the party leadership giving him ticket in the next elections.
The exodus spread to Rayalaseema now. Former MP from Nandyal Bhuma Nagireddy and his wife Sobha Nagi Reddy quit the party today to join Chiranjeevi party.
The couple had differences with local leaders and they feared that Chiranjeevi’s party would affect their winning chances next time, as Nandyala Lok Sabha segment constitutes a huge number of Balijas.
He, however, said that the services of seniors would be utilised for party work. The removal of ‘deadwood’ is causing ripples in the party, according to sources.
For the record, TDP spokesman MV Mysoora Reddy said those who quit the party, however big they were, would become zero once they left the party.
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Political scene fluid in State
Siasat, Saturday, 05 July 2008
Hyderabad, July 05: The political situation in the State is very fluid. No one knows or can predict which party would join hands with whom, as all the major political parties are keeping their options open on pre-poll alliances.
The Congress’ allies in the 2004 elections are not any more. The Left parties have slowly distanced themselves from the Congress.
The CPI is maintaining equi-distance from the Congress and TDP but the CPM moved closer to TDP and even joined hands with it in the recent byelections.
Now, speculation is rife in the political circles that TDP may take a pro- Telangana stand. In the event of this, TDP may forge an alliance with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
However, CPM State secretary BV Raghavulu said that his party would not back TDP, if it sailed with TRS. But the TDP camp is confident of convincing the CPM in this regard.
They pointed out that CPM had seat adjustments with Congress in 2004 elections, despite Congress’ alliance with TRS. The pro-Telangana stand of TDP, if at all, would not affect the bonhomie between CPM and TDP, they averred.
The two upcoming parties – one led by T Devender Goud and another by cine star Chiranjeevi – are likely to join hands, provided Chiru took a pro- Telangana stand. Goud is likely to launch his party on July 11.
He said he would only think of having a truck with Chiranjeevi only after the latter announced his policies. For his part, Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy recently announced that Congress was prepared to go it alone in the next elections.
However, the Congress would still consider the Left and TRS as friends and welcomed them to have alliance with the Congress.
The CPI is yet to decide its plans. Though the CPI is trying to forge a third alternative in the State, it is likely to sail with Chiranjeevi.
Though, the clumsy political scene is presenting several permutations and combinations among political parties, a clear picture would emerge before the elections.
The Chief Minister recently went on record saying that he would not be able to say anything on alliances with parties other than TDP and the BJP. “Alliance with either TDP or the BJP is ruled out. I am not sure about the other parties as we consider them as our friends,” he is reported to have said.
On the other hand, TDP too is desperately searching for new friends to regain power in the State. How, the political equations will change at the hustings remains to be seen.