In its efforts to end Telugu Desam Party’s existence in Telangana and restrict its activities to Andhra Pradesh, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is going all out to woo the two MLAs who won from its rival party in Satthupally and Aswaraopeta. Apparently, the TRS doesn’t want any Opposition MLAs in the upcoming Assembly session.
In this direction, TRS leaders are in talks with Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, Satthupally MLA from TDP and Matcha Nageswara Rao Ashwaraopeta MLA who won on TDP ticket. If the party is able to attract these two MLAs, then their plan is to ensure merger of TDP Legislative Party into TRS Legislative Party, similar to how Congress leaders tried it.
TRS Chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao has promised Sandra the post of Mission Bhagiratha Chairman while he has offered the post of Girijan Corporation Chairman to Matcha Nageswara Rao.
Sources in the TRS say that Sandra has been affirmative about joining TRS though he has been publicly denying it. On the other hand, if Sandra joins TRS, the TRS High Command has also promised to let him off the hook in the Cash-for-vote scam where he is accused. Meanwhile, though initially Nageswara Rao did not show much interest, he eventually said he will consider joining TRS after the party leaders convinced him.
Using this as his only opportunity against his rival and TDP Chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, KCR’s Operation Aakarsh to finish TDP in Telangana seems to be working as both the TDP leaders are keen on joining the pink party.