Monday, June 23, 2008

Devender Goud Resigns - Severe Jolt to TDP

In a severe jolt to Telugu Desam Party (TDP), its mascot in Telangana Region and Polit Bureau Member, T. Devender Goud resigned from the party. He tendered his resignation to the TDP Supremo, Nara Chandrababu Naidu and to State Assembly Speaker, Suresh Reddy.

Goud, widely seen as number two in the party hierarchy and a strong votary of Telangana statehood cause, sent his resignation letter to party president N Chandrababu Naidu.

Devender Goud represents the Medchal Assembly Segment which is in the Ranga Reddy District - around 30KM from Hyderabad. The former minister had, off late, emerged a rallying point for protagonists of separate Telangana state within the TDP.

Goud's resignation came as a jolt to TDP, which has traditionally opposed division of the state. Bowing to pressure from a section of pro-Telangana leaders, the TDP had recently constituted a five-member committee to go into the issue and take feedback from the cadre. Goud is also a member of the committee.

Other TDP leaders from Telangana Region are planning to follow Devender Goud.

As I mentioned in my earlier post, Naidu was saying that they would take decision on Telangana at a "Right Time", which never came nor would come.

Need to see who all the leaders that are planning to follow Devender Goud and what would be their impact in the next state assemble elections in 2009. With too many political parties, the results would be fragmented and since no political party would be able to cobble together a majority, there would be lot of chances for horse trading.

With Devender Goud's exit, TDP faces a very very bleak future in Telangana Region.

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