Two Telangana Telugu Desam leaders aiming to join BJP

Uncertainty about future triggers move.

Hyderabad: Senior leaders of the Telangana Telugu Desam are looking towards the BJP, having lost confidence about their future.

Telangana TD senior leader and former minister E. Peddireddy and former MP Chada Suresh Reddy met BJP leaders at Delhi and expressed their willingness to join the BJP. It may be recalled that Mr Peddireddy was allotted the Kukatpally Assem-bly ticket in the recent elections but was replaced at the last minute by Nandamuri Suhasini, daughter of the late Nandamuri Harikrishna. For the Lok Sabha elections, Mr Peddireddy thought of joining the Congress and contesting from the Karimnagar seat, but dropped the idea later.

After the debacle in the Assembly elections in Telangana state, the TD leadership decided not to contest in the Lok Sabha elections. With the defeat of the Telugu Desam in the AP Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, the Telangana TD leaders lost their hopes in the TD and have decided to leave the party. In Telangana state, the Congress too is not in a good position and cannot join the TRS. The only choice left to them is to join the BJP which is looking to strengthen its party base in Telangana. Telangana TD leader Peddireddy confirmed that he met BJP leaders at Delhi. Speaking to this newspaper, he said that keeping in view their political future, there was no other way except for joining the BJP. He said he will take a decision after discussing with party workers. He said that former MP Chada Suresh Reddy was also with him when he met BJP leaders. Telangana TD president L Ramana said that he has no plans to leave the party.

Meanwhile, Vijayawada TD MP Kesineni Nani’s meeting with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari after the Lok Sabha results surprised political circles. On May 28, Mr Kesineni Nani went to Pune and met Gadkari at his residence. After this, he tweeted, “Met and took blessings from Mr Nitin Gadkari, my favourite politician. He is the one who has given his 100 per cent support to me in the development of Vijayawada.”

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