With Kodangal MLA A Revanth Reddy taking a plunge into the Congress party along with several other prominent Telugu Desam Party leaders, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi has started making attempts to attract the remaining TDP leaders so as to completely wipe out the TDP from Telangana.
Following instructions from TRS chief and Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the TRS ministers and senior leaders have begun approaching the TDP leaders.
On Wednesday, some TRS leaders approached Sattupalli MLA Sandra Venkata Veeraiah in the assembly and asked him to come into the TRS. But he politely refused saying he was comfortable in the TDP.
“Why don’t you join the TDP and strengthen it?” he posed a counter question.
Another senior leader and former MLA Revuri Prakash Reddy also admitted that he was under pressure from the TRS. He said he would continue to remain in the TDP till the last moment.
“If a situation arises where the TDP faces existential problem, I would rather retire from politics and sit at home, rather than joining any other party,” he said.
Former MLA Dhanasari Anasuya alias Seethakka, who joined the Congress party along with Revanth, also said the TRS leaders tried to lure her into the ruling party till the eleventh hour.
“They offered me money bags. But I said I would not compromise on the interests of my constituency people and hence, I chose the Congress,” she said.
Former TDP leader and now TRS MLA Errabelli Dayakar Rao said Seethakka would have joined the TRS, but for the last minute lobbying by Revanth Reddy’s wife, who brainwashed her to join the Congress.