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Rumblings in TDP have fallout in Vijayawada

Special Correspondent

High drama precedes resignation of the party's Vijayawada urban unit president


Vamsimohan announces withdrawal of intention to resign, but reverses it by evening

He had sought resignation of Umamaheswara Rao or acceptance of his resignation




Fervent plea: TDP Mahila Wing workers persuading party Vijayawada urban unit president V. Vamsimohan not to quit the post, on Monday.

VIJAYAWADA: The fallout of group politics in the TDP at the State level was witnessed here on Monday with the party's Vijayawada urban unit president Vallabhaneni Vamsimohan putting in his papers.

Gudivada MLA Kodali Sri Venkateswara Rao (Nani), a close friend of Mr. Vamsi, however, clarified that he had not put in his papers and would continue in the TDP led by N. Chandrababu Naidu. High drama preceded Mr. Vamsi's resignation and bowing to party workers' wish he announced withdrawal of his intention to resign, but only to reverse it by evening and finally faxing a formal letter to the party president.

Quick developments

At 9.30 a.m. he announced his resignation and wanted to meet the press at noon. At the press conference venue amid dramatic events by the party's women workers prevailing upon him to withdraw his resignation, he chose to announce that he would not put in his papers. Even before the mediaperons could reach their offices, he telephoned them that he had changed his mind and that he was faxing his resignation letter to Mr. Naidu and faxed a copy to the media offices here. A well-known supporter of the Nandamuri family and a close friend of Harikrishna's son, Junior NTR, Mr. Vamsimohan had last week demanded the resignation of the party district unit president, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, or the acceptance of his resignation.

Deep divide

At that time, Mr. Naidu had asked the two party leaders to mend their ways in the party's interests, but the divide was so deep that he had to ask the senior leader, Gorantla Butchaiah Choudhary, to do some fire-fighting.

Mr. Vamsimohan's charge against Mr. Umamaheswara Rao was that he had dishonoured Mr. Harikrishna by not taking him to a party function in Krishna district, which seems to be the trigger-point of the dispute here.

Hyderabad Special Correspondent adds: Despite the leadership acting tough, trouble in Krishna district Telugu Desam unit continued to simmer on Monday.

The party leadership is still unable to fathom why Mr. Vamsimohan and the MLA, Kodali Nani, were raising the bogey of their mentor Nandamuri Harikrishna not being given due place. Senior leaders point out that Mr. Harikrishna was member of Rajya Sabha and the party's Polit Bureau member.

In the party's analysis, Mr. Harikrishna's two supporters could be upset with the attitude of Mr. Umamaheswara Rao. The latter had skipped a function where Mr. Harikrishna had unveiled the statue of NTR recently. This was being wrongly perceived as sidelining Mr. Harikrishna.

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