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Desertions from TDP continue

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KADAPA: Rajya Sabha member C. Ramachandraiah, who is dissatisfied with the TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu for not making him Floor Leader in the Rajya Sabha is likely to quit the party soon.

Former Minister and Kadapa district general secretary of TDP S.A. Khaleel Basha has announced his resignation from the party and the party post on Sunday, citing personal reasons.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ramachandraiah would visit Kadapa within the next three days and take an appropriate decision after consultations with his followers, according to his close aides. Mr. Naidu reluctance to heeding his advice in the United National Progressive Alliance affairs seems to have precipitated matters. A qualified medical practitioner and twice Kadapa MLA, Dr. Basha, who decided to join the Chiranjeevi camp bid adieu to the TDP on Sunday.

Some more leaders of Kadapa district are eager to board Chiranjeevi’s ‘train’. Former APCO Chairman Bandi Hanmanthu,

a former MP, a couple of former MLAs and some second-line leaders of Telugu Desam and TDP district political coordinating secretary B. Hariprasad are also toying with the idea, according to party sources.

Anantapur Staff Reporter adds: Though no politician worth any considerable mass following in Anantapur district has publicly announced their inclination towards Chiranjeevi’s proposed partya few with some support have been associating themselves with an organisation called SPARC, under the banner of which the mass support for Chiranjeevi is being mobilised.

Former minister and TDP leader H.B. Narse Gowda of Madakasira constituency and V. Prabhakara Chowdary, former municipal chairperson of Anantapur, have so far identified themselves with SPARC meets.

Another former legislator and former ZP chairperson Jonna Suryanarayana is also stated to be actively pursuing the chances of sailing with Chiranjeevi.

On the other hand, two other former ministers of TDP are reliably learnt to be positively considering the Chiranjeevi path. While one has already been kept away from the party activities in a reserved constituency almost completely, the other one is said to be seeking ticket from a constituency presently held by a community-strong legislator.

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