Crisis in TRS degenerates into violence

Dissident leader and former MP Ravindra Naik and ex-state minister A Chandrasekar, in a complaint to the police, said they were “attacked” by a few party leaders with the help of “goondas.”

The rebel leaders lodged a complaint with the Banjara Hills police, pressing for the invocation of the Prevention of SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Naik and Chandrasekar, who had come to attend the state executive committee meeting here on Monday at Telangana Bhavan, were forcibly sent out of the party office. In the melee, Naik’s shirt was torn.

In the wake of the electoral defeat, a section of the TRS had demanded the resignation of party chief K Chandrashekhar Rao. Naik had written an open letter to KCR demanding that he either apologise for neglecting tribals and women in the allocation of party ticket or treat his letter as a resignation letter. “The resignation of Naik from the party has been accepted,” said senior party leader N N Reddy here on Monday.

The party suspended Alla Chandrasekhar, a Dalit TRS leader, on Sunday for revolting  against the party president. The emergency meeting was called following the rebellion within the party ranks. On Sunday the party suspended five rebel leaders, including Ravindra Naik.

An enraged Naik vowed to make public KCR’s acts of omission and commission. “I was a minister in 1970s when Rao had not even begun his political career...How can he realise separate Telangana,” said Naik.

These allegations, however,  have been rejected by KCR loyalists who said Naik is making an issue because he was denied ticket in the recent elections.

The TRS is clearly headed for a split with party MLC K Dileep Kumar mobilising support to launch a new movement to pursue the statehood demand.

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