Despite the family feud, Lokesh, former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu’s son, is being readied to take over the reins of the party by 2014
The TDP, salivating at the UP scene where Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son, got installed as the chief minister, is raring to induct Lokesh, son of party chief Chandrababu Naidu as the second-in-command.
The decks seems to be getting cleared for Lokesh’s entry into the Telugu Desam Party, though the NTR family feud still exists, which had so far blocked Lokesh’s formal entry.
The ongoing review by the party president to find out the reasons for drubbing of the party in 18 Assembly constituencies and one parliamentary constituency has become the platform to pitch for the entry of Lokesh into politics.
These review meetings are being held since the last 10 days at the party headquarters in the City. The leaders are saying that they don’t have direct access to the party president to express their views and that they need a leader who can act as a mediator between them and the president. “On many occasions, we wanted to express our views to the party president. But we could not do it due to lack of direct access to Naidu. Lack of access is one of the reasons for the party’s defeat in various elections since 2004,” Telugu Yuvata leader MA Faheem told Postnoon. These leaders feel that Lokesh’s induction would give a fillip to the party’s youth wing and also boost party workers’ morale. “The much talked about cash transfer scheme promised by the party during 2009 general elections was Lokesh Babu’s brainchild. If he gets into active politics, it would definitely strengthen the party,” Telugunadu Students Federation (TNSF) president N Narsi Reddy said.
A group of TNSF leaders recently met the party president Chandrababu Naidu and submitted a memorandum requesting him to appoint Lokesh as Youth wing president of the party. In the memorandum, the student leaders contended that it is essential for the party to bring Lokesh into active politics to ensure the victory of the party in the 2014 assembly elections.
Citing the Uttar Pradesh state example where SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son Akhilesh became chief minister, the leaders have said that Lokesh can do an Akhilesh in AP. On the other hand, some senior leaders wanted Lokesh to be made in-charge of the Chandragiri Assembly constituency, the birth place of party president Chandrababu Naidu. A group of leaders from this constituency met the party
president and made this request a few months ago.