Former Warangal MP Ravindra Naik, who had been in political oblivion for quite some time, suddenly surfaced in Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on Tuesday and announced that he would float a new party for Telangana on March 16.
According to reliable sources, Naik is planning to convert his proposed party in the lines of Maharashtra Nava Nirman Sena (MNS) launched by Raj Thackerey to protect the interests of Marathas. Naik only hinted that he would initiate a mass movement for the formation of a separate Telangana state.
Naik is planning to meet Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to seek his blessings for Telangana. He managed to meet around 80 people belonging to the Telangana region settled in Ahmedabad and gather their support. The local BJP leaders are also helping him, because of his earlier connections with the Sangh Parivar. He is also planning to meet Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren to further discuss the Telangana issue from March 7 to 9. Though he did not talk about the MNS, Naik said he had several names such as Swatanra Telagana, Harita Telangana, Swarna Telangana and Yuva Telangana parties in mind. We will approach the Election Commission soon to decide the name of the party, he said.