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Will JD's entry help or ruin TDP?

Will JD's entry help or ruin TDP?

The reports that former joint director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and retired IPS officer V V Lakshminarayna would be joining the Telugu Desam Party triggered a big debate in the political circles.

Though it is not officially confirmed yet, reports leaked to select media houses said Lakshminarayana is going to meet TDP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in a day or two and join the party.

Minister for higher education Ganta Srinivasa Rao is understood to have held talks with the former IPS officer and convinced him to join the TDP.

According to these reports, Naidu is likely to field Lakshminarayana from Bhimili assembly constituency and shift his son Nara Lokesh to Visakhapatnam (north).

Ganta, who is representing Bhimili at present, will be fielded from Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha constituency.

Now, what is being debated in the political circles is whether Lakshminarayana’s entry will help the TDP in any way or prove counter-productive.

All these days, the former CBI JD has been creating the impression that he has a clean image and his only objective is to serve the farming community through his voluntary organization.

Though he said he would launch his own political party, he could not even make a beginning and at one stage, he almost joined the Lok Satta Party floated by Jaya Prakash Narayan, retired IAS officer.

If he joins the TDP now, he will lose all his credibility especially at a time when there is said to be a negative wave for the TDP in the state.

Secondly, everybody knows Lakshminarayana was instrumental in the cases foisted against YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in 2012 and sending him to jail.

Since Jagan is now the front runner for coming to power in the state, ex-JD’s entry into the TDP lends credence to the former’s allegations that he was hand in glove with Naidu in foisting cases against Jagan and sending him to jail.

If the YSRC can drive home this point in the elections, it will turn negative for the TDP in the elections!

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