TDP MLA faults Naidu

Hyderabad, June 10: The Legislative Assembly on Tuesday was agog with rumours that TDP MLA from Kovur in Nellore district, N Prasanna Kumar Reddy, was contemplating to quit Telugu Desam and join Congress.

The rumour spread like wild fire as Prasanna Kumar distributed a letter which he said he had written to party president N Chandrababu Naidu. In the letter, Reddy has advised Naidu to be wary of `chamchas’ and `buffoons’ who had “surrounded him and giving wrong advice leading to hasty decisions on important issues.”

The stand adopted by the TDP during the election of the Speaker was an example, he said. TDP’s decision to oppose the candidature of Kiran Kumar Reddy and Naidu refusing to deliver the customary speech hailing the new Speaker had caused immense damage to the party’s image, the TDP MLA said. He also criticised Naidu’s decision to ask Ashok Gajapati Raju to speak on the occasion. Raju is not fluent in Telugu and that causes problems as he is misunderstood by the ruling party members, Prasanna Kumar added.

He also alleged that Naidu was giving importance to those who hang around his residence and office and do `chamchagiri’. Reddy gave credit to N Balakrishna and Jr NTR for the party winning 92 seats and urged that their services be recognised and given importance in the party. “If we do not correct our past mistakes and change people will not pardon us,” he said.