With top TDP leader in Telangana switched camp to TRS, the chances of TDP contesting Lok Sabha polls turn bleak in Telangana. Monday is the last day for filing of nominations and the Telangana unit of the party has not announced a single candidate so far.
It was a couple of days back that the key leader and former MP Nama Nageswara Rao quit the TDP to join the TRS. Nama Nageswara Rao’s change of mind came after TRS offered him a ticket from the Khammam Lok Sabha constituency. Once a loyal TDP follower, the leader Nageswara Rao turned unhappy with the party leadership for some time.
With several top leaders defecting to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the remaining leaders not keen to contest the polls, the TDP's Telangana unit is understood to have decided not to field any candidates.
The TDP, the ruling party of Andhra Pradesh, had contested Telangana Assembly polls as part of the four-party 'People's Alliance' led by the Congress. The alliance secured 21 seats in 119-member Telangana Assembly. This included two TDP MLAs, and one of them has since crossed over to the TRS. The growing dissatisfaction within Congress in Telangana for making unsuccessful alliance with TDP in Telangana also affected the image of TDP in the state badly.