VISAKHAPATNAM: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) activists staged a protest in front of the party office at Ramnagar on Sunday against the decision of leaders to handover two Lok Sabha Seats, including Visakhapatnam and Araku, for the upcoming elections to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
TDP workers said that the Vizag Lok Sabha and Vizag North seats should
not be handed over to the BJP but should instead be retained by the TDP.
"We can't go against the decision of the party, but we are not happy
with the decision. The cadre is not happy with this decision because
important seats are now going to the BJP, which really doesn't have much
of a cadre base in the district," former corporator Mukka Muthyala
Naidu, who participated in the protest with other TDP leaders including
Emandi Raman and Annappareddy Vani, told TOI.
"How can the
party give two parliamentary seats in one district to BJP? There are so
many districts in the Seemandhra region. They could have given seats
from other places," said another party activist.
"We are not
against an alliance, but there is no need to go after BJP when the TDP
itself stands a good chance in the state. After elections, if they want
they can make an alliance. If BJP wins it'll be mainly because of the
support of TDP and definitely not because of its own strength," said the
"The party has not been in power for 10 years now
and so many people have been working for the party. Now all of a sudden,
if senior leaders take such a decision, it will affect the morale of
the party cadre," he said. AND THE GAME IS ALIVE