It is a testing time for Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu in the selection of candidates for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha elections.
The TDP will get just two seats in the RS polls, but there are more than a dozen contenders for the same. Every time, Naidu does a lot of exercise to select the candidates, but only those who are influential and who fit into the caste equations get the chance. The problem is that those who become the RS members get into the high-profile category and forget the field-level activity. They do not actively participate in the party activities such as campaigning in the elections, taking political classes and organising party programmes at the constituency level. They rather confine themselves to Delhi and get the national focus.
For example, the earlier Rajya Sabha MPs including Akarapu Sudershan, N Durga, M V Mysura Reddy, C Ramachandraiah (who defected later to the PRP) and Lal Jan Basha have lost touch with the people and if they contest the direct elections, they are bound to lose the polls.
We are not going to allow such practice this time. Naidu should recognise the genuine party workers and those who have experience in the field. He should set aside the caste equations and other such reasons and select the real leaders, a TDP leader said.
Heard that former MP Kambhampati Rammohan Rao is trying for the RS seat again, thanks to his proximity with Eenadu group chairman Ramoji Rao.