Telangana Rastra Samithi working president K T Rama Rao had given enough hints at the rout of the Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh too. KTR said that the TDP was faced to crushing defeat in the just-concluded elections. Its strength is limited to two MLAs in the 119 Assembly. Though the party had contested 13 seats, it could win just two seats and that too from Khammam district, which is dominated by the voters of the Andhra Pradesh origin who are close to the TDP.
The TRS is working on the lines of completely erasing the TDP from the Telangana State. A large number of senior leaders from the TDP have already quit the party and joined the TRS. It is only Telangana TDP president L Ramana who is still with the TDP and if he moves out following the party’s defeat, it would be difficult for the party to run the show.
The party may not like to give up its claims in Telangana as the party has its office – NTR Trust Bhavan – in Hyderabad. If the party closes its shop in Telangana, it has to give up the NTR Trust Bhavan too for which Chandrababu Naidu may not like.
The TRS, as KTR claims, is working on taking over the two TDP MLAs. One of them, Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, is in trouble in the note for vote case. If the TRS takes a call on this case, Veeraiah will have to fall at the feet of the TRS leaders. Though the TRS does not require any more MLAs support, it is not prepared to allow the TDP MLAs to be present as that would help the party strengthened in the State to some extent.
Back home in Andhra Pradesh, the TRS predicts the total rout of the TDP in the next election. The TRS had already declared that YSR Congress is their friend and it would support Jaganmohan Reddy in the next election. It is for sure that the TRS and its ally, MIM are likely to help the YSR Congress, only to see that the TDP is lost.
If that happens, it is for sure that the TDP would lose the polls and it would mean a big loss to the party in the days to come. It is to be seen how the TDP would survive in the crisis looming large at its face ahead of the next crucial election.