Fire Works In TDP As MLAs Seethe With Discontent

Amaravati: Two senior leaders of the ruling TDP were upset with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and offered to resign from the membership of the Assembly. While Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy was utterly unhappy for being dropped from the Cabinet unceremoniously, Butchaiah Chowdary was disheartened for not being nominated as a minister. Bojjala sent his resignation letter to CM and Speaker.

Bojjala has a special relationship with Naidu. He has been there with the party right from its inception. He won Assembly election for the first time in 1989. Since then he lost only once, in 2004 during YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s wave. He won five times.

Bojjala is the son-in-law of former minister Peddireddy Timma Reddy. When there was a revolt in the TDP against NTR, it was Bojjala who persuaded his brother-in-law Prabhakar Reddy to allow his hotel Viceroy as a hideout for the MLAs belonging to Naidu’s camp. He was travelling with Naidu in the same car that was ambushed by Naxalites in 2003 at Alipiri. Both Naidu and Bojjala had providential escape from the blast. It is a fact that Bojjala has been getting forgetful and unwell. He offered to quit about a year ago but was dissuaded by the CM. Dropping now along with tainted ministers like Peethala Sujatha and Ravela Kishore Babu has pained him and angered him. Naidu promised to field Bojjala’s son Sudheer Reddy as TDP candidates from Srikalahasti in the next elections.

Butchaiah also threatened to quit the Assembly. He submitted his resignation from the post of party general secretary. He sent a letter to Naidu to this effect. He questioned defectors being made ministers while ignoring senior leaders like him. NTR did not launch the party for this kind of politics, he commented. He said he had no enemies, he was criticising opposition members only as a policy of TDP and he does not need gunmen.

Gauthu Shyam Sundar Sivaji who is six-time MLA was pained at not becoming a minister. His daughter and the grand daughter of Gauthu Latchanna, Sireesha had asked Chief Minister Naidu to explain why her father was not a minister. She is the president of Srikakulam TDP.

Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, TDP MLA from Vijayawada, was thoroughly disappointed at not being taken into the Cabinet. After meeting Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Uma said an important leader in his party has come in the way and prevented him from becoming a minister.

Bonda Umamaheswara Rao has commented that it is not for the first time that Kapus are denied ministership. He said he would abide by Chief Minister’s guidance. He said TDP workers in 13 districts have felt bad for not making him a minister. The rumour is that Devineni Umamaheswara Rao stopped Bonda Uma from becoming a minister.

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