Barely a week before the elections, fissures in Chiranjeevi's Praja Rajyam
Party in Andhra Pradesh are beginning to surface.
On Thursday, one of its founding members and spokesperson Parakala Prabhakar resigned from the party, terming it to have grown into a 'poisonous tree.'
Addressing the media persons at the PRP office soon after submitting his resignation, Prabhakar said he had played a vital role during the formation of the party but now he was disappointed as the party, he felt, was deviating from the ideals on which it was found. He reiterated that the PRP has become a 'poisonous tree.'
There was a simmering discontent in the party over the distribution of tickets. Rumours were making the rounds in the political circles that the senior functionaries of the PRP were taking money for tickets from the aspirants. Though Parakala Prabhakar did not openly say anything about money exchanging hands during ticket distribution, he was categorical that some of the allegations made against the senior functionaries in the party could be true.
Another senior leader C Ramchandriah termed the resignation as unfortunate, but in the same breath said that it was not possible for the party to satisfy everybody.
The reason for Parakala Prabhakar's resignation, party sources say, could be his anger over his candidates not being accommodated during ticket-distribution.
Dr K Nageshwar, Hyderabad-based political analyst said that Prabhakar's ouster from the party would not make much a difference as he lacked a mass base, but it certainly lent credence to the allegations levelled against the senior PRP functionaries and demoralise the local party cadre at this crucial juncture.
Sources in the PRP maintain that the crisis in the party is not going to end soon as more voices of dissension against the alleged 'dictatorial functioning' of the PRP general secretary and the brother-in-law Allu Aravind could be heard in times to come.
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