Naidu draws TDP's plan for 2014 elections

Naidu draws TDP's plan for 2014 elections

 Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu has announced a slew of reforms to be undertaken by his party aiming at the 2014 Assembly elections.

The TDP will announce its official stand on the Telangana issue in September. Naidu announced the party decision at the TDP politburo meeting here. Besides, he has promised to reserve 100 seats in the Assembly for the backward classes, a Rs 10,000-crore package for their development and support to the demand for categorisation of the SCs.

However, Naidu’s overtures to appease the disgruntled electorate in Telangana have failed to convince the TDP leaders in the region. “It has become a policy of the TDP to make an announcement when there is some movement on the separate statehood issue in New Delhi,” a senior TDP leader in Telangana said. The TDP chief is yet again buying time to observe the developments on the issue. “He will take a pro-TDP stance if there are any positive developments,” he added.

The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) also dismissed speculations that Naidu’s stand may strengthen TDP’s base in the Telangana region. “The people of Telangana demand an unconditional apology from Naidu as he was the main reason behind the Centre’s rollback of its December 10 announcement on Telangana. As a result more than 800 people lost their lives,” said TRS legislator T Harish Rao.

Even the Jaganmohan Reddy-led YSRC does not see any chances of a turnaround by the TDP. “Naidu was initially hopeful that people in the Seemandhra region will vote for him, but the recent by-elections proved that he is bound to lose in all regions to the YSRC and TRS,” a senior YSRC leader claimed.

However, TDP leaders in the Seemandhra region said the party need not hurry to take a call on the Telangana issue since it was “the duty of the Congress to clarify its stand first.”

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