Babu vows to finish off PRP

Hyderabad, July 31: Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu vowed to finish off Praja Rajyam Party and bring about a binary political system in the State — Congress versus TDP.While eliciting opinions of Rangareddy district leaders on allowing former minister T Devender Goud back into the party, Naidu dropped the names of several leaders who are expected to return to TDP from Praja Rajyam Party (PRP).

According to party sources, Naidu disclosed that apart from Devender Goud and E Peddi Reddy, former ministers Kothapalli Subbarayudu and Kotagiri Vidyadhara Rao, East Godavari district former TDP president Jyotula Nehru and others will switch their loyalties to TDP. All of them joined PRP just before the Assembly elections but none of them managed to get elected to the House.

Naidu told his party leaders that inviting all former leaders back to party would strengthen the party and ultimately lead to a situation where only the Congress and TDP would remain as the main players in State politics. “Naidu told me that if all the TDP leaders returned to party, the PRP would shut its shop and TDP can give fight to the Congress,’’ a senior TDP leader from Rangareddy district told Express.

When asked about their opinions on the entry of Devender Goud into the party, Pargi MLA K Hariswar Reddy left the choice to Naidu. “You are taking back Devender Goud feeling that TDP would be strengthened in the region. I have no objection,’’ Hariswar Reddy informed Naidu.

As there were repor ts that Hariswar Reddy would oppose the entry of Devender Goud, former minister E Peddi Reddy rang up Hariswar Reddy and convinced him.

However, Hariswar Reddy reminded his close aides that Devender forfeited his deposit in the recent Assembly elections.

Naidu also wanted the opinions of Karimnagar leaders on the re-entry of Peddi Reddy into the party. According to sources, both the leaders will join TDP next month.

However, party sources said Naidu did not give any assurance to Devender Goud such as nominating him for Rajya Sabha.