Elections 2014: As Frenemies fight, Kishan Reddy may opt out
Hyderabad: Sulking Telangana BJP president G. Kishan Reddy plans to sit out the polls to protest the “forcible” alliance with the Telugu Desam.
Mr Reddy and other Telangana BJP leaders are upset that the party ignored their demand for more seats in Telangana while signing the deal with the TD on Sunday.
“I have no plans to fight the Assembly or the LS polls. I will stay in BJP and campaign,” he said.
Meanwhile, BJP state president G. Kishan Reddy, who represents the Amberpet Assembly segment in the city, had planned to contest from the Secunderabad Lok Sabha seat. But former minister Bandaru Dattatreya is keen on contesting from Secunderabad, which he once represented.
This could also be one of the reasons for his ire, apart from his strong opposition to the TDP alliance. Senior party leaders Prakash Javadekar and M. Venkaiah Naidu are trying to cajole him to toe the party line.
Meanwhile, protests continued unabated for the second day in the BJP and Telugu Desam offices against alliance and seat-sharing, especially from those who lost a chance to contest the polls. The mood was so intense that a rumour went around that Dr Nagam Janardhan Reddy, Nagarkurnool MLA, was kidnapped. The MLA later clarified that he was safe, hale and healthy.
BJP Ranga Reddy district urban president Meesala Chandraiah and rural president Anjan Kumar Goud quit their posts. “The manner in which the alliance has been made is atrocious. The party leadership has destroyed the party’s good chances in Ranga Reddy district,” Mr Goud fumed.
There was high drama at the party office. A BJP supporter rushed to the roof of the building and threatened to jump. Police managed to dissuade him.
A group of youth staged dharna demanding ticket to A. Bhaskar, son of former BJP leader A. Narendra from Zaheerabad while another group supporting Perala Chandrasekhar Rao demanded that the party retain LB Nagar