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What TDP’s new team means for Andhra Pradesh

Former minister and senior party leader Kinjarapu Achhannaidu is the new state president of the Telugu Desam Party for Andhra Pradesh.
 
Party supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu announced the appointments on Monday. Meanwhile, L. Ramana has been retained as the party’s state president for Telangana. Nara Lokesh continues as the party national general secretary.
 
Naidu announced the TDP’s 27-member central committee and 25-member politburo. The central committee has six vice-presidents including senior leaders Kavali Prathiba Bharathi, Galla Aruna Kumar, DK Satyaprabha and Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy. Along with Nara Lokesh, K Rammohan Naidu, Nimmala Ramanaidu and Beeda Ravichandra were also made national general secretaries. 
 
Kambampati Rammohan Rao has been entrusted with responsibility of national political affairs. T.D. Janardhan has been made political secretary (organisation), while Sriram Rajagopal Tatataih has been made the party treasurer. 
 
Party seniors including Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, P Ashok Gajapati raju, Ch Ayanna Patrudu, KE Krishnamurty, Nimmakayala Chinnarajappa, Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy, Varla Ramaiah, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Galla Jayadev, NMD Farooq, K Kala Venkata Rao, Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary and Pithani Satyanarayana were among those selected for the party's politburo.
 
The party’s new appointments point to the fact that all those who have stood by the party and have faced tough situations from the Opposition have been given plum posts. 
 
Take Achhannaidu for example. After being accused in an “alleged scam” and serving jail term for a non-existent scam, he stood his ground and continued his fight against the YSRCP’s devious ways. Similarly, Kolla Ravindra, who was jailed in a completely unconnected case, got a post too. 
 
With this reshuffle, it is clear that Telugu Desam Party has finally understood that it shall reward only those members who are working for the party with dedication rather than just taking plum posts and doing nothing. 
 
It is high time that Nara Lokesh too wakes up to this reality. While his presence during Amaravati farmers’ protests has been conspicuous, he definitely needs to be more connected to field workers and people through campaigns. There is also a dire need for more young leaders to be seen on the field. 
 
Currently, there is a lot of resentment within the TDP that the high command offers hardly any support or no support to those in need. Even seniors like Kodela Sivaprasad were left disappointed with the party high command when they were being harassed by the YSRCP. 
 
Therefore, the sooner TDP High Command realises that it needs to standby its cadre and take care of their needs, the better and brighter its chances will be. Many in the party say that this reshuffle is one of the starting points for setting ground for the next election. Whether the elections will be in 2022 or 2024 is something that needs to be seen. 
 
Until then, let’s hope that the TDP revives itself and realizes that its laxity and overconfidence will not cost the party its fortunes in the state this time around! 

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