Lagadapati Moving Towards TDP?

Lagadapati Rajagopal was away from politics after State bifurcation, but speculations abound on his re-entry before 2019 elections.

Vijayawada: Lagadapati Rajagopal was away from politics after State bifurcation, but speculations abound on his re-entry before 2019 elections. He is in a dilemma whether to join TDP or YSRCP, say his followers who hint at return to politics at appropriate time.

But now scenario looks to be Lagadapati Is tilting towards the TDP. He added momentum to the speculations on Friday when he met AP CM Chandrababu Naidu in Amaravathi.

Though Lagadapati told the media that it is a courtesy call, his close associates say Rajgopal is interested to join the TDP rather than YSRC.

Lagadapati praised CM on latest developments of Capital city and said temporary secretariat is excellent.

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Will Lagadapati’s Guess Prove Right This Time?

Amaravathi: Lagadapati Rajgopal, a familiar name for politicians and journalists, who tries to be in the picture at appropriate time, goes positive for this leader. He is known as Andhra Octopus for perfect pre-poll surveys and performance of political parties in the States. The only black mark as MP was the pepper spray incident in Lok Sabha when AP State Bifurcation Bill was being debated.

Lagadapati was away from politics after State bifurcation, but speculations abound on  his re-entry in 2019 elections.  He is in dilemma whether to join TDP or YSRCP, say his followers who hunt at return to politics at appropriate time.

Lagadapati claims to have conducted a survey in AP, and if it is true, coming days for TDP look tough. As per his survey, YSRCP is going to win 112 seats leaving TDP with a mere 63 seats if elections were to be held now. Except in Srikakulam and Vizag districts, YSRCP is dominating in all other 10 districts. East Godavari, which gave TDP a chance to sit in power is going to be one sided in 2019 elections, moving towards YSRCP.  Same is the case with Krishna and Guntur Districts.

 We cannot take Rajgopal’s survey as standard since he failed to give correct trend in other States of India in 2014 elections. But one thing is clear.  Political observers are sure that the TDP is facing anti-incumbency factor and the main question which remains in mind is who is going to encase the anti incumbency? Jagan or Pawan? YSRCP or Janasena? Let us wait and see

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  1. Padmaja says:

    Jagan will go to jail and he can not become chief minister for sure.Always roaming around and misleading people.

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Prodigals keen on returning to Congress fold

  • Undavalli reportedly in touch with the high command
  • Some senior leaders object to idea of admitting the rebels


Hyderabad, October13: Those Congress leaders in Andhra Pradesh who rebelled against their party high command for its decision to bifurcate the State are now contemplating staging a comeback. They are understood to be in touch with the national leaders in Delhi and might join the mainstream soon.

Senior leaders who were members of the last parliament like Undavalli Arun Kumar, Lagadapati Rajagopal, Harsha Kumar and Sabbam Hari criticized the party leadership in no uncertain terms taking strong objection to its attitude in going for bifurcation of the state of Andhra Pradesh. They all joined hands with the then chief minister, Kiran Kumar Reddy, and mounted concerted attack on Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, the triumvirate of the UPA-II dispensation. They tried to force the government out by introducing a no-confidence motion. In fact, they were more violent in their language used to criticize their party leaders than the opposition parties like Teulugu Desam Party (TDP). Such firebrand leaders are now very eager to come back to the mother party like prodigal sons. Arun Kumar is understood to have poured out his heart in his recent conversation with an old friend in the AICC. He reportedly requested the leader to convey to party President Sonia Gandhi their wish to rejoin the party and that they are waiting for a green signal from her. Party high command also is reportedly in favour of admitting these leaders into the party.

After knowing that the party high command is not averse to the idea of their rejoining, Undavalli is understood to have discussed the subject with APPCC chief Raghuveera Reddy. However, there are indications that some senior leaders of the party are not favourable to admitting those leaders who maligned the party’s image by attacking the party’s top leadership. How the leaders who were supposed to be supporting the party in difficult times chose to castigate the leadership be taken back, they asked.

But the former MPs are hopeful of joining the mainstream and working for revival of the party’s fortunes so that they can be in the reckoning well in time for the next general elections. First of all, they are very particular to end the present phase of political wilderness.

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