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Party workers confused who to approach - Chandrababu or Lokesh?

By:  Tupaki Desk   |   1 Jun 2023 11:07 AM GMT
Party workers confused who to approach - Chandrababu or Lokesh?
The TDP grassroots level leaders, especially those who are strong at the constituency level and are aspiring for the party tickets to contest in the 2024 elections, are facing a strange predicament these days. They have to contend with a bipolar TDP, where there are two major sources of influence in decision making.

Till recently, the word of Nara Chandrababu Naidu was the law. He decided almost everything from the appointment of the presidents for the district units to deciding on the candidates for election. Propitiating Chandrababu was enough to get a position of power. But, the situation has changed now, say TDP insiders. Today, they have another pole in Nara Lokesh Naidu.

As the national general secretary of the TDP, Lokesh Babu has his own chunk of hangers-on. They have been getting key posts and important assurances from Lokesh. In fact, Lokesh has developed a loyal supporters' groups in all the constituencies of the state. As a result, now it has become important for the party workers and leaders to make rounds of both Chandrababu as well as Lokesh Babu.

It was because of this that Lokesh had announced few people as candidates during his yatra in the Rayalaseema district. He did this in both Kurnool and Anantapur. This has led to heartburn among the rival prospectors. Then Chandrababu himself had to intervene and had to make Lokesh say that the candidates would be finalized at the time of elections and not now. All this only goes to prove that there are two centres of power in the out-of-the-government TDP.