The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is set to hold a major meeting with its leaders, including those who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha and assembly elections, and lost, on 14 August at Vijayawada.
The party’s 160-member general body, led by TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, will also meet and review the reasons for the loss in the elections to the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP). Naidu, who was in the US for a health check-up, will also address the gathering.
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.
“All our MLAs (members of legislative assembly), MPs (members of Parliament) and members who contested the elections and lost will be there for a review. Other than that, the party’s general body, which has not met in a very long time, will also be convened for a meeting. There are many issues to be discussed as the workers at the lowest rung are not really happy with some senior leaders," said a senior TDP leader, who did not want to be identified.
The TDP is also expected to take a decision on its future course of action after losing some of its members to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In June, four Rajya Sabha MPs and some local leaders switched sides to the BJP when Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh, the TDP general secretary, were holidaying in Europe.
This is likely to be one of the TDP’s biggest review meetings after the party’s loss to the YSRCP in the 2019 elections. So far, no major change has been announced.
However, the TDP leader mentioned above said that Nara Lokesh may take over, but could not say when that would happen.
The TDP has to make some radical changes in view of its defeat in the 2019 elections, said political analyst Palwai Raghavendra Reddy. “Unless they change the leadership, it will not make any difference."