Odelu is just a beginning, many more TRS leaders could leave party

Fri May 20 2022 11:59:36 GMT+0530 (IST)

All, it is clear, is not well in the TRS. Now that former MLA and diehard Telangana agitationist Nallala Odelu and his wife and ZP chief Bhagyalakshmi have left the party and joined the TRS, the party insiders feel that more people are likely to follow suit. The party is said to have kept an eye on the activities of other "suspects"  who could switch sides.



In several assembly constituencies, there is deep discontent in the TRS as the loyalist old-timers have been marginalised and new entrants have been given pride of a place. Also, in several constituencies, those who have won on other party's ticket defeating the TRS official candidates, have later joined the TRS. In the new scheme of things, the sitting MLAs are given the responsibility of running the party in the constituency. As a result, the old timers and the defeated candidates are getting increasingly disgruntled.

In Alair assembly constituency, former MLA Bikshamaiah Goud has joined the BJP.  In Maheshwaram, the turf war between Teegala Krishna Reddy and Sabitha Indra Reddy is getting murkier by each passing day. In Uppal, there is a tussle between sitting MLA B Subhash Reddy and new entrant from Congress Bandari Lakshma Reddy. In Nakrekal, it is Vemula Veeresam vs sitting MLA Chirumarthi Lingaiah.

Sources say that at least 60 constituencies face this problem. The fight between Gellu Srinivas and Padi Kaushik Reddy in Huzurabad, between Tummala and Ponguleti in Khammam, between Kadiyam Srihari and Dr Rajaiah in Station Ghanpur and several others are common knowledge. TRS insiders suspect that many of such dissidents could join the other parties as they see no future in the TRS.