TDP politburo member and senior leader Varla Ramaiah has made crucial comments on Jr NTR and his association with TDP. As AP politics are centered around Jr NTR with YCP leaders Kodali Nani and Vallabhaneni Vamsi repeatedly raising the topic of Tarak and drawing comparisons between Lokesh and Jr NTR and stressing the need of Jr NTR for beleaguered TDP, Varla Ramaiah has stirred hornet’s nest.
Biting the bullet on sensitive ‘Jr NTR’ topic in TDP, the SC leader Varla said, “Jr NTR is not necessary for TDP. Chandrababu Naidu is the strongest leader and he is leading the party.” Ramaiah added that Naidu is the face of the party and he could steer the party in the right direction.
Varla Ramaiah didn’t stop there. He went onto shoot a volley of questions to AP CM YS Jagan, Minister Kodali Nani and soon-to-be YCP leader Vallabhaneni Vamsi. While Nara Lokesh and other leaders of TDP are maintaining stoic silence on Jr NTR topic in the party, Varla’s comments are expected to kick up a furore as Tarak’s fans may feel hurt with Ramaiah’s comments.
Jr NTR was the star campaigner for TDP in 2009 polls. However, Tarak had stayed away from party activities after TDP lost in 2009. Subsequently AP is bifurcated into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In 2014 polls, Jr NTR hadn’t campaigned for TDP and TDP had banked on the charisma of Pawan Kalyan’s Janasena and Narendra Modi’s BJP and sailed to victory. In 2019, TDP had contested alone and suffered a great defeat in history. Now, Tarak’s topic has become hot topic in AP politics.
It needs to be seen what Vamsi and Kodali Nani would say now after Ramaiah’s comments.