After the Congress, a major constituent of the Mahakutami, decided to concede 14 Assembly seats to Telugu Desam Party, the internal feuding among the TDP leaders to grab one of these seats appears to be slowly coming to the fore.
One such Assembly seat, that of the Serilingampally Assembly constituency, which is likely to be allotted to the TDP, is witnessing tough competition from the party leaders. The supporters of the TDP aspirants for that ticket physically clashed with each other on Sunday.
It started with party senior leader Bhavya Anand Prasad, who is leaving no stone unturned to bag the ticket, took out a big bike rally with his supporters in the Hydernagar area of the constituency. The supporters of another aspirant Movva Satyanarayana blocked the rally and attacked Prasad with slippers in full public glare. They also raised slogans against Prasad and his supporters demanding that the rally be called off.
The acrimonious fight between the supporters of the two leaders on the highway led to a huge traffic jam. The police rushed to the spot and cleared the jam after convincing the leaders to settle their differences amicably.
Interestingly, Satyanarayana joined the TDP recently by crossing over from the TRS hoping to bag the ticket. He had also made futile attempts to get the TDP ticket for the seat before the last Assembly elections. He later joined the TRS. Anand Prasad and his supporters have predictably been demanding that the party leadership not give the ticket to Satyanarayana as he had abandoned the party when it needed him.
The feud between the two leaders is likely to escalate in the days to come. Party sources said Prasad, a prominent industrialist, had the blessings of Nandamuri Balakrishna. It is said that Balakrishna has already recommended Prasad's name for the Serilingampally seat to Chandrababu Naidu.