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Resentment brewing in TDP over tickets

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Resentment is simmering within the TDP following the party’s decision to deny tickets to several senior leaders for the upcoming Assembly elections in the state. As dissatisfaction grows within the party, Chandrababu Naidu has entered firefighting mode. The TDP and Jana Sena have jointly announced their first list of candidates.
While Naidu must honour the commitments made to the Jana Sena Party, he also faces pressure to consider the demands of the Bharatiya Janata Party if it chooses to align with the alliance. Simultaneously, he is under pressure from potential leaders within the YSR Congress party.
Throughout Sunday, Naidu spent considerable time discussing seat adjustments with senior ticket aspirants. He engaged in talks with senior legislator Gorantla Buchaiah Chowdary, who was adamant about contesting from Rajahmundry (rural).
Ultimately, he acquiesced to the demand and requested Jana Sena Party candidate Kandula Durgesh, originally slated for the same seat, to move to Nidadavolu. Reportedly, Durgesh agreed following a request from Pawan Kalyan.
Former MP from Hindupur, Nimmala Kistappa, who had been lobbying for the Penukonda assembly seat, expressed disappointment as it was allocated to Savitha.
Similarly, former TDP MLA from Gurajala, Yarapathineni Srinivas Rao, who has diligently served his constituency for the past five years, is now compelled to contest from Narasaraopet, as Naidu accommodates Janga Krishna Murthy, a BC leader defecting from YSRCP.
At Sarvepalli, former minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy finds himself in a tense situation as Naidu favours Pellakuru Srinivasulu Reddy. The fate of defected YSRCP MLA Anam Ramnaryana Reddy, who is being considered for Venkatagiri and Atmakuru constituencies, remains uncertain.
Furthermore, former TDP MLA from Gurajala, Yarapathineni Srinivas Rao, who has diligently served his constituency for the past five years, is now compelled to contest from Narasaraopet, as Naidu accommodates Janga Krishna Murthy, a BC leader defecting from YSRCP.
Meanwhile, former state TDP president Kala Venkat Rao, who anticipated receiving the party ticket from Etcherla, is dismayed to find his name missing from the first list of candidates.
The fate of several other leaders, such as Chintamaneni Prabhakar from Denduluru, Peela Govind from Anakapalle, and Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy from Pendurthi, remains uncertain.
Regarding Ganta Srinivasa Rao, the TDP chief has directed him to contest from Cheepurupalli, yet he remains resolute in his desire for the Bheemili seat.

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