Why Tummala left TDP?
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KCR’s ploy to win over the community.
Hyderabad, August 29: TDP leader from Khammam district and former minister Tummala Nageswara Rao is all set to join the TRS. The date and the procedure have yet to be decided. But switching sides by the Khammam strongman appears to be a foregone conclusion. Even when TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister of AP KE Krishna Murthy met the former minister at a private hospital here on Saturday(August 22), Tummala did not give any assurance on staying back in the party. He told the Chief Minister of AP that he had already given his word to TRS chief and Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhara Rao (KCR).
Ellandu MLA Koram Kanaka Raju met Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday along with his followers in the district. Congress leader Kanaka Raju has been toying with the idea of joining the TRS for some time.
The TDP in Khammam is going to be delivered a heavy blow with the exit of Tummal Nageswara Rao, a leader who built the party in the district right from its inception. He recently got his protege elected as ZP chairperson. He has his followers all over the district. Tummala is slated to visit Hyderabad on September 5 along with his followers in about 2000 cars and join the TRS in the presence of its chief KCR.
It is public knowledge that Tummala Nageswara Rao has been unhappy since the rise of another Nageswara Rao, Nama, in the district politics. Nama Nageswara Rao, an industrialist and a contractor, is a wealthy politician who was of use for the party chief during the lean days when the TDP was in opposition. Nama was made leader of the TDP parliamentary party in Lok Sabha and his bête noire’s growing proximity to the party boss has been a sour point with Tummala. The former minister wanted to shift his constituency in the last elections from Khammam to Palair but could not overcome the roadblocks created by Nama. He ultimately lost to an young Congress candidate Puvvada Ajay, son of yet another Nageswara Rao, in Khammam constituency by a margin of more than 5000 votes. Ajay, owner of a local medical college, was benefited by his father’s popularity and goodwill. Puvvada senior, who has been a senior CPI leader who ruled the roost for a few decades, is now a shadow of himself enjoying the rise of his son in political firmament.
Tummala and KCR have been friends ever since NTR was dethroned by Nadendla Bhaskara Rao in 1984 and the TDP MLAs were made to stay put in a camp at Ramakrishna studios in the city. They were later colleagues in Naidu’s ministry. KCR needs Tummala rather than the other way round. KCR has no person from Kamma community among his MLAs. He has to win over the people of this community who have a large presence in Hyderabad to sustain his power. Tummala is a tall and sensible leader from that community. The possibility of the TDP coming to power in Telangana is remote whatever Naidu might dream and scream. As a down-to-earth politician, Tummala has weighed his options and waited till his protégé won the ZP chairperson race and then decided to take the plunge.
The lone TRS MLA from Khammam is Jalagam Venkata Rao, the younger son of legendary Vengal Rao. He has been eagerly waiting to be appointed a minister. His caste, Velama, has become his disadvantage since there are already three from the community in the cabinet. Another Velama, Krishna Rao of Mahaboob Nagar district was also promised a berth in the cabinet whenever it is expanded. Venkata Rao is hopeful of getting into the government and gave a statement the other day saying that he has no objection to Tummala joining the TRS. In case Tummala has to be given a ministerial berth, Venkata Rao will have to be satisfied with some other position of importance.
Political circles are agog with rumours that Tummala would be made chairman of the yet to be instituted Telangana Development Council which will monitor the performance of all the key ministries. This is certainly a more attractive proposition than that of a minister. In fact, Tummala is a senior politician who served the people of Andhra Pradesh as a minister for a long time handling crucial portfolios like Execise and R&D. If the Development Council is chaired by the chief minister, Tummala would be named Vice-Chairman. Even that position would be vital since it involves dealing with all the ministries related to development.
Tummala is understood to have told his close associates that he would get a position by Dasara.