Sources said TD president N. Chandrababu Naidu has been persuaded to announce the party’s clear support to the separate Telangana state, unlike its unclear stand in the past in order to save the party in the region. It is said that Chandrababu has realized the importance of clearing the anti-Telangana image in the larger interest of the party, particularly after its debacle in the recent byelections. Sources said that the decision was also an attempt to silence the TD’s political rivals, the TRS and the Congress, which have been projecting the it as anti-Telangana.
The TRS has been demanding that the TD prove its sincerity and commitment to the separate state. A Telangana MP of the party told this newspaper that they had succeeded in convincing TD leaders from Seemandhra that the party is serious about extending its support to the separate Telangana state. “All steps have been taken to ensure that the issue of submitting the letter would not become controversial within the party,” the MP said.