Telangana TDP leaders leave AP CM Chandrababu Naidu in a flux

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Hyderabad: By staging a protest in front of the Raj Bhavan against the TRS government inducting Talasani Srinivas Yadav into the TS Cabinet, TS TD leaders have inadvertently landed their party’s national president and AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in a rather piquant situation.

Mr Naidu’s discomfiture stems from the fact that he has promised at least some YSR Congress MLAs who had defected to the TD in AP that he would accommodate them into the Cabinet.

The TS TD leaders’ protest, and allegations that Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan had failed to discharge his duties, may prompt the latter to object to the AP government inducting YSRC MLAs into the Cabinet, fear senior TD leaders.
The TS TD protest has left very few options before Mr Narasimhan; he has to avoid a similar protest this time by the AP YSRC.

Recently a bunch of YSRC MLAs joined in the AP TD, and sources insist that Mr Naidu had assured some of them berths in the Cabinet. If Mr Narasimhan objects, as many believe he would, the defector-MLAs would have to face disappointment, even as AP TD MLAs, who had been aspiring for Cabinet berths themselves, will be rubbing their hands in glee.

There have been instances earlier that have led to political circles believing that inducting defectors into the Cabinet may become problematic for Mr Naidu. Earlier, the AP government had sent a file constituting the State Election Commission to the Governor for his approval, but Mr Narasimhan, instead of accepting the proposed names, had forwarded the file to the Centre.

A few days earlier, the Governor had approved a similar proposal by the TS government. Later, the AP government had proposed the name of retired IAS officer Chittaranjan Das Biswal for appointment as AP State Election Commissioner, but the Governor rejected it on technical grounds.

In this backdrop, TS TD leaders had staged a dharna in front of the Raj Bhavan against induction of Mr Srinvas Yadav into the TS Cabinet. After submitting a memorandum requesting the Governor to take action, the TS TD leaders had criticised him in front of the Raj Bhavan itself. The Governor had several times expressed displeasure at their action.

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