TDP decides to pull out of JAC, to put TRS in it

Hyderabad: Saturday’s attack on Telangana lawyers by members of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) appears to have strained its relations with the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) to a point of no return.

With the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the JAC calling the TDP names after the attack on advocates, the main Opposition party has come to the conclusion that it would be better if it stays away from the JAC.

The decision to quit the JAC was taken by the party after Telangana TDP lawyers and Greater Hyderabad leaders of the party, including Teegala Krishna Reddy, told TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu that the TDP should be out of the JAC fold since it was a TRS front and its actual intention was to embarrass the TDP and help the Congress.

The decision is likely to be announced formally on Monday.

TDP’s Telangana leaders, who are on the JAC, have been at odds with the other panel leaders like Kodandaram for some time now, especially after they decided against quitting the Assembly — a demand that Kodandaram and the TRS have been raising almost on a daily basis.

The TDP leaders’ contention is that unless the Congress legislators from the region resigned, their resignations would serve no purpose. In fact, the Congress members chose to quit the JAC rather than the Assembly. The only party to have honoured the JAC call was the TRS whose 10 legislators had promptly put in their papers.

Ever since this tussle began, the TDP has been waiting for an opportune moment to walk out of the JAC just as the Congress had. The issue came up for discussion at a teleconference that party chief N Chandrababu Naidu held with the party leaders from Telangana here on Sunday.

Most of them expressed their wish to quit the JAC, complaining that it was biased in favour of the TRS.

However, some legislators feared that the move might prove expensive, politically. But finally, Naidu reportedly decided to bid adieu to the JAC after a majority of the party leaders from the region wanted him to show the TRS its place. ‘‘Why should we face such humiliation time and again? We have to put an end to this by taking a hardline,’’ a TDP MLA argued with Nadiu.

Amidst these discussions, the resignation of Medak MLA Mynampalli Hanumantha Rao did not seem to have bothered them much. He handed over his resignation to Speaker Kiran Kumar Reddy in Tirupati.


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