The exit of Dr Nagam Janardhan Reddy from the Telugu Desam appears imminent considering the growing chasm between him and the party president, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu.
Dr Reddy’s recent remark that he would treat November 1, Andhra Pradesh Formation Day, as the “most unfortunate day”, has caused a stir in the party circles besides annoying party president Mr Naidu.
More recently, Mr Reddy’s comment that the Telugu Desam was also responsible for the backwardness of Telangana has irked the party chief.
Upset with his remark, Mr Naidu is learnt to have asked party leaders not to join Dr Reddy in his press conferences.
Dr Reddy has formed a Telangana forum within the party, much to the displeasure of Mr Naidu who has stopped giving any importance the man who was described as the TD No. 2 just six months back.
The return of Mr Devender Goud has also changed the equations within the party. Mr Goud has gradually increased his clout with Mr Naidu and often seen with him of late. Mr Naidu is consulting Mr Goud more on the T issue, rather than Mr Reddy.
“Mr Naidu is not willing to discuss T-issues with Dr Reddy, instead he is taking help of Mr Goud and Mr E. Dayakar Rao,” said a TD senior. “Mr Reddy is fighting a lone battle in the party.”
A case in point was the Babli issue, which Mr Naidu discussed with Mr Dayakar Rao and Mr Goud and not Mr Reddy.
“Dr Reddy now decided to go for Telangana at full speed and not to follow Mr Naidu’s directions. Mr Naidu is moving cautiously in view of the party’s interests in coastal and Rayalaseema districts,” said another leader who is close to Dr Reddy.
With both leaders are not willing to budge, party circles are expecting a showdown and even the exit of Dr reddy soon.