A day after TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu wrote to Prime MinisterManmohan Singh over the Telangana issue, the party plunged into a crisis with the resignation of a senior leader from Rayalaseema region.
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) general secretary Byreddy Rajasekhara Reddy Thursday announced his resignation from the party while two legislators from the same region also threatened to quit.
Byreddy, who recently went on hunger strike demanding separatestatehood to Rayalaseema region in the event of division of AndhraPradesh, found fault with Naidu for not mentioning Rayalaseema issue in the letter.
The former legislator criticized Naidu for not respecting the sentiments of Rayalaseema people, though he was born in the same region.
“Rayalaseema is more important for me than politics and that is why I am ending my 19-year-long association with TDP,” said Byreddy, who comes from Kurnool, one of the four districts of Rayalaseema.
He announced that his Rayalaseema Parirakshana Samithi would be above politics and would fight to protect the interests of the region. He also threatened to disrupt Naidu’s padyatra, which he is scheduled to launch on Oct 2 from Rayalaseema region.
TDP legislators Praveen Kumar and Amarnath Reddy also openly criticized Naidu for writing the letter on Telangana and threatened to quit if Naidu failed to take into consideration the sentiments of Rayalaseema people.