HYDERABAD: The Telangana BJP and TDP, which fielded a common candidate for the Warangal Lok Sabha bypoll, met on Saturday to discuss strategies to facilitate the victory of their candidate P Devaiah.

Senior BJP leader and Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya and state party president G Kishan Reddy met TDP president and AP chief minister Chandrababu Naidu at NTR Bhavan here to discuss ways to ensure Devaiah’s victory.

The TDP earnestly wants their ally to win in the bypoll to prove that the ruling TRS has lost some of its sheen in the last one year.

Meanwhile, TDP floor leader in the Legislative Assembly Errabelli Dayakar Rao on Saturday urged the police to not take any action against the farmer who threw a slipper at deputy chief minister Kadiyam Srihari at Shayampet in Warangal on Friday.

He said that farmer Damerakonda Komuraiah’s action was indicative of the frustration among Telangana farmers over the government not rushing to their rescue in difficult times. Dayakar Rao also took objection to Srihari’s reported comment on calling the farmer a ‘psycho’. The TDP leader said that it was unfortunate that farmers, who were once considered Telangana activists, were now, being called names by TRS leaders.

“More than 1,800 farmers had committed suicide in the state since the TRS came to power. When a farmer in distress protests it is not right to call him a psycho,” he said.

“Komuraiah protested by throwing a chappal at the deputy chief minister. Voters will protest by not voting for the TRS candidate in the fray for Warangal LS bypoll. TRS leaders, especially the ministers campaigning in Warangal, should visit the houses of farmers who killed themselves and find out for themselves the ground reality,” Dayakar Rao added. He also warned that if the government continues to neglect farmers, his party would call for a ‘jail bharo’ agitation.

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Source: TOI-Hyd