Devendar Goud, who quit the Telugu Desam over the Telangana issue, is finding it difficult to get proper cadre-based support in Telangana districts including his native Ranga Reddy district and is now in a fix over the formation of his new political party.
Goud expected wide support to his cause and exodus from the Telugu Desam in the wake of his resignation. But none of the senior Telangana leaders in the Telugu Desam came out of the party to back him. According to the sources, Goud will continue with the district meetings till such time he gets enough support from the local cadre.
Goud used to command a wide following in Ranga Reddy district and parts of Medak district, besides Hyderabad city. But after he left the Telugu Desam, his support base in these areas dwindled and he has to be content with a group of Telangana intellectuals, who do not pull votes. There has not been much political activity outside Goud’s residence.
Meanwhile, the Telugu Desam leadership has launched a fire-fighting exercise in Telangana to keep its flock together. TD President Chandra Babu Naidu has been constantly in touch with the second-rung leadership in Telangana and even interacting with the grass-roots cadre.