Is the ruling TRS in Telangana getting jittery over the BJP's aggressive moves? Ramagundam has never been a citadel of the BJP. But, on Thursday, the TRS leaders fiercely clashed with the BJP workers and tried to stall the visit of Union Minister and senior BJP leader Sadananda Gowda's visit to the fertilisers factory in Ramagundam. Citing protocol breach, TRS workers tried to stop Sadananda Gowda. They staged a dharna and raised slogans claiming that local MP Venkatesh was not informed about the minister's visit. The BJP leaders and workers, who accompanied Gowda, clashed with the TRS men and even tore the shirt of the TRS MP.
Sadananda Gowda pacified both the TRS and the BJP workers and held talks with the TRS MP and his supporters. He told him that he could always lodge a complaint about protocol breach. He then took the BJP leaders with him into the factory and inspected it.
More interestingly, on the same day, TRS working president and Telangana minister KTR held a meeting with some employees from the Ramagundam factory at Hyderabad and hurriedly gave assurances that the TRS government will give top priority to the opening of the factory. He said the locals should be given priority in the jobs. This hurried meeting at Hyderabad and the protest at Ramagundam showed that the TRS is worried about the growing clout of the BJP in the area ever since its former MLA Somarapu Satyanarayana joined the BJP.