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Who won in Butchaiah-Chandrababu spat?


Who has won in the Butchaiah Chowdary vs Chandrababu Naidu fight within the Telugu Desam? While Butchaiah is trying to make it out as if he had given an earful to Chandrababu on the internal goings on in the TDP, the reality looks otherwise. Butchaiah Chowdary has ended up achieving literally nothing and Chandrababu has only emerged stronger in the whole episode.

After meeting Chandrababu, Butchaiah has said that he was taking back the idea of resigning from the TDP. He also categorically said that there was no question of his joining any other party. One of his main complaint was that Lokesh Babu did not respond to his phone calls. He seemed to have got no assurance from either Chandrababu or Lokesh on this count. What more? He did not even get to meet Lokesh Babu. This only means that his gap with Lokesh will continue.

Secondly, he had said that there were major errors in terms of social equations and caste balance in the organisational appointments. Despite weeks of his protest and his 20-minute meeting with Chandrababu, there have been no changes in any of the appointment. By saying that his concerns were not limited to Rajahmundry, he has literally admitted that there is no change in the status quo in Rajahmundry politics. His disputes with Adireddy family will continue and that Chandrababu has not yielded an inch on this count.

Who is the biggest loser now? The biggest loser now is all those who stood by Butchaiah Chowdary. These leaders will now be targeted and they would be made to pay for their indiscretion. In future, these leaders would think twice before backing Butchaiah Chowdary. His comments on NTR’s leadership have also failed to achieve anything.

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Storm in TDP blows over as Butchaiah meet Babu


The ruckus in the TDP over senior MLA and founder member Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary’s defiance has ended with party supremo Chandrababu Naidu having an hour-long one-on-one with Butchaiah. During the meeting Butchaiah has told about his concerns about the loyal party workers being sidelined in the party. Butchaiah appeared satisfied that Chandrababu gave him a patient listening. The storm in the TDP cup seems to have blown over.

On his own admission, Butchaiah has raised the issue of loyal party workers being ignored in the party and turncoats taking prime positions. He told Chandrababu about the problems he is facing in Rajahmundry. She raised the issue of how he was made to shift to Rajahmundry rural seat instead of his traditional borough of Rajahmundry urban. He said this was done to help the defectors, who joined the party recently. Butchaiah further said that several of the loyal and hardcore party workers were suffering due to the oppressive policies of the YSRCP government.

Butchaiah was accompanied by senior party leaders Nallamilli Ramakrishna Reddy, Gadde Rammohan and Nimmakayala China Rajappa. Later, he met Chandrababu and both the leaders were closeted for over one hour. Chandrababu reportedly gave him a patient hearing. Later, Butchaiah appeared quite satisfied.

Butchaiah has threatened to resign from the party and from his MLA post and gave a deadline of August 25. Meanwhile, he fell ill and had to be admitted in the hospital. Meanwhile, Chandrababu Naidu had a telephonic talk for some 20 minutes with Butchaiah. Later senior leaders Chinarajappa and others met him and discussed his grievances. Later, Butchaiah agreed to meet Chandrababu Naidu.

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Is this the real reason for Butchaiah’s anger?


Senior TDP MLA Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary is angry and sullen. He has suddenly raised a banner of revolt and began speaking against the party line. He has gone to the extent of inviting Junior NTR to come and save the party. But, what is the real reason for his sudden anger? Why is he suddenly so upset? His rivalry with Adireddy Appa Rao is an old story and does not require him to think of resigning from the party.

Sources close to Butchaiah say that there is another reason why Butchaiah is upset. They say that he is upset at being ignored in the party. Though a six-time MLA, who has been associated with the party from the time of its inception, he always felt that the party leadership did not recognize him. He always felt that he was not given his due. He is said to have told his close associates that neither his sincerity nor his seniority was being respected.

But the real reason, according to insiders, is quite different. Butchaiah is unhappy at party MLA Payyavula Keshav getting another extension as the chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee. Keshav has been given the position as the chief of the PAC. The position is always given to a leader from the opposition and party chief nominates a person of his choice for the coveted post. Butchaiah feels that once the term of Keshav ended, he should have got the post by virtue of his loyalty to the party and his seniority in the party. However, Chandrababu Naidu has re-appointed Keshav. Upset by this, Butchaiah is said to have raised his voice against the party and Chandrababu, sources say.

TDP insiders say that Butchaiah knows that the four MLAs who had left the party and joined the YSRCP after 2019 are going through a harrowing time as Jagan has completely sidelined them. At the same time, Butchaiah, who has always been known for his anti-Congress politics, can never adjust himself in the YSRCP. So, Butchaiah is only demonstrating his disappointment and anger over the party leader ignoring his claim.

Butchaiah reportedly nursed a grievance against Chandrababu Naidu. In fact, he was one of the few loyalists of NTR when Chandrababu Naidu revolted and dethroned him in the August coup of1994. Butchiah had also joined the Harikrishna-Lakshmiparvathi led NTR-Telugu Desam and lost the elections. Later, he rejoined the TDP. But, he always felt that he was sidelined because of his loyalty to NTR.

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