Naidu visits Warangal to boost morale of TDP cadre

HYDERABAD: AP Chief Minister and TDP president Nara Chandrababu Naidu began his maiden tour of Telangana State after its formation by visiting Warangal district on Thursday with the objective of reviving the party’s prospects.

Despite encountering some hurdles in the form of protests by the MRPS cadre at various places en route from Hyderabad to Warangal on Thursday, the TDP president’s exercise to boost the declining morale of the party cadre in Telangana State seemed to have achieved its objective. There is no denial of the fact that the TDP in the Telangana State has been virtually pushed to the wall, if not completely decimated, as leaders, including legislators began deserting the party. READ ALSO: TDP office in Warangal torched

Chandrababu Naidu’s one-day visit to Warangal district, the  hot-bed of agitation for separate Telangana State, was a damage-control exercise to keep his flock together by pepping up the morale of the cadre and leaders.

It may be recalled that during the Telangana agitation, Mr Naidu’s tour of the region often turned violent as TRS workers protested against his ambivalent stance on the issue of bifurcation. However, his visit today did not have any such problem from the ruling TRS as the cadre of the pink party made it clear that the AP Chief Minister would accept the charge that he was putting spokes in the rightful share of electricity of Telangana State.

Mr Naidu began his one-day tour this morning by first paying floral tributes to NTR statue at Rasoolpura in Secunderabad. As his convoy of over 500 vehicles with party workers and leaders led by Rajendranagar MLA Prakash Goud began, its journey via Moula Ali reached Bhongir town of Nalgonda district to a tumultuous welcome.

Addressing party workers at Bhongir, Naidu thanked them for being loyal to the party though a few leaders had deserted it for selfish ends. Asserting that he would not forget the sacrifices made by the party cadre, TDP Chief vowed to stand by them at all times. In this connection, he recalled the services of late Alimineti Madhava Reddy, who served as Home Minister in his cabinet in the past, and recalled his sacrifices and services for the party.

The AP Chief Minister also reminded the people that the Nagarjunasagar Left Bank Canal project in the district was completed during the TDP regime. Even the credit for brining Krishna waters to Bhongir Municipalty was that of the TDP, he observed and added that it was his endeavor to see that the Telugu-speaking people should bury the hatchet and work for their welfare and development.

Telangana TDP president L. Ramana, senior party leaders, including Uma Madhava Reddy, Revanth Reddy, M. Narasimhulu and others were present at the meeting. Earlier before reaching Bhongir, the TDP Chief was accorded a warm welcome at Uppal in Ranga Reddy district. (NSS)

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