Amaravati: For the first time in its history, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Wednesday held its annual conclave ‘Mahanadu’ in online mode with party chief N Chandrababu Naidu addressing 14,000 participants through Zoom video conferencing platform, to target Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy for “misrule” during the last one year.
The ongoing coronavirus-induced lockdown forced the regional party to go for a virtual ‘Mahanadu’, a first in the party’s history.
The two-day conclave began with party’s national president Naidu unfurling the party flag at its headquarters in Mangalagiri and paying tributes to N T Rama Rao, the legendary actor-turned-politician who had floated TDP.
In a move to adhere to social distancing norms, Chandrababu Naidu decided to use Zoom, a video conferencing app, to address the participants in both Telugu States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and also its workers settled abroad.
The party has also made arrangements for another 10,000 people to watch the event live on YouTube and Facebook.
TDP leaders said they became the first political party in the country to use technology on such a scale to hold the conference with such a large participation of party leaders and workers.
Naidu, the party’s Andhra Pradesh unit president Kala Venkat Rao, some politburo members and key leaders were present at the TDP headquarters in Mangalagiri while all other leaders and workers were taking part in the deliberations from their houses through Zoom.
Setting the tone for the deliberations, Naidu slammed YSRCP government led by Jaganmohan Reddy for its misrule during the last one year. He alleged that democracy is in danger in the State due to rule of anarchy.
He called upon the TDP cadres in both the Telugu States to strengthen the party organization and continue the struggle for the party’s ideals.
Naidu claimed that the TDP’s struggle in Andhra Pradesh is to save democracy. He said many TDP leaders and activists made sacrifices in this struggle during the last one year.
Pointing out that TDP was in power for 22 years and in opposition for 16 years, Naidu said whether in power or in opposition, it always worked for the people.
He slammed Jagan government for what he called muzzling the voice of dissent and cited the cases of Dr Sudhakar, who was suspended from government service, arrested and humiliated for speaking over shortage of personal protection equipment for doctors treating Covid-19 patients and Ranganayakamma, a 66-year-old woman arrested for questioning the government over gas leak from LG Polymers in Visakhapatnam.
Naidu also lambasted the YSRCP government for dumping Amaravati as the state capital though the TDP government had developed it as a brand and attracted the world’s attention. He said the Jagan government pushed the state into problems by “killing Amaravati” and mooting the idea of three capitals.