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Telugu Desam’s crucial core committee meeting today

Special Correspondent

Party under pressure from Telangana leaders

HYDERABAD: The much-awaited five-member core committee of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will begin in the presence of party president N. Chandrababu Naidu at Devupalli village in Vizianagaram on Wednesday amidst lot of expectations and conflicting claims by leaders.

If the run up to the meeting is any indication, the meeting could see seniors wracking their brains and wrangling over the ticklish issue of Telangana.

During the last few days, the party had seen seniors sparring openly over Telangana, notwithstanding Mr. Naidu’s caution against expressing their views in public.

Anticipating trouble

It is anticipating trouble that the venue of the meeting has bee shifted from Hyderabad to Vizianagaram and a fire-fighting team put in place.

Yet there is no guarantee that the meeting will not be a stormy one with the party finding itself under pressure especially from a majority of Telangana leaders to take a pro-Telangana line.

Leaders favouring this line and those for an integrated State stand were seen preparing themselves for the meeting on Tuesday though it has been made clear that it will only discuss modalities for its functioning.

Senior TDP leader T. Devender Goud, who is at the forefront of this inner- party struggle, is believed to have discussed the issue with colleague, a Telangana Armed Struggle veteran, Ch. Rajeswara Rao, for nearly three hours.

The latter reportedly presented facts and figures of how injustice was done to Telangana and his book on the subject.

Argument

It has to be seen how Mr. Goud puts forward his argument, as the perception in the party is that he is the only one in the five-member committee to take such a tough line.

Stand

All others, including another senior Telangana leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy, want the party to maintain its time-tested integrated State stand.

Mr. Goud and Dr. Janardhan Reddy left for Visakhapatnam en route Vizianagaram while the other three members -- K. Yerran Naidu, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and K. E. Krishnamurthy -- will join them there.

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