Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh is all set to rejig and appoint new members to its politburo and other bodies in the review meeting that will be held at Vijayawada on Tuesday. A senior TDP leader said that in the last five years, some members of the politburo and other internal committees left the party or passed away, so new faces have to be inducted in the same.
Moreover, the meeting at Vijayawada will also be attended by all of the 160 general body members, and a detailed review of the TDP’s electoral loss in the 2019 state and Lok Sabha polls will also be discussed to understand what went wrong. “The politburo is our highest body, which has members from both AP and Telangana. Some of its members like Harikrishna died in the last 5 years," said a senior TDP leader who did not want to be identified.
Actor-politician Nandamuri Harikrishna, brother-in-law of TDP supremo and former AP chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, died in a car accident while he was on his way to Nellore (in AP) from Hyderabad. The incident took place at Anneparthi in Telangana’s Nalgonda district after Harikrishna was reportedly driving at such high speeds that he was flung out of his car after it turned turtle. He died soon after the accident.
Since 2014, some of the TDP’s politburo members also switched sides. One of them is senior leader and current MP from the Khammam Lok Sabha seat Nama Nageswara Rao who quit the TDP earlier this year and joined the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana, where the party has been severely weakened as many leaders have left the party.
“So we have to fill up those vacancies and also decide on our future course of action from here. Since 2014, some of the TDP’s affiliated organisations were also neglected as Naidu was busy with the state administration. So in the review meeting we are going to also revive these affiliated bodies like farmer unions, which have remained defunct from the last few years as Naidu was too busy to oversee those," said the TDP leader.
He added that the party will also mull over how to take on the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) with regard to Amaravati losing its $500 million funding from the World bank (WB) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The WB had recently decided to drop its $300 loan proposal for Amaravati, AP’s upcoming capital, based on the Centre’s withdrawal of its request for financing the project.
The AIIB, which had been roped in for the same, also followed suit and dropped its 200 million funding as well (out of the total $715 million investment, the state was to invest $215 million). There has been no development on the issue. “Other than that we will also be studying our loss to the YSRCP in the 2019 elections," said the TDP leader.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha and assembly elections, the YSRCP won a staggering 151 out of the 175 assembly seats, and 22 out of the 25 parliamentary constituencies. The TDP won just 23 assembly and three Lok Sabha seats. The loss had taken many senior leaders by surprise.
Political analyst Palwai Raghavendra Reddy stated that the TDP needs a new leadership, and a “radical" approach given the loss it had faced in the elections. “We have not seen his son Nara Lokesh also displaying any leadership qualities. Studying the loss won’t make any difference unless they change leadership. Moreover, the affiliated bodies are important in providing support. Naidu has this habit of wanting those to be active when he is in opposition but neglects them when he is in power," Reddy added.