HYDERABAD: The alleged strife within the TJAC took a new turn on Friday, with an audio clip of a telephonic conversation featuring suspended leader Pittala Ravinder going viral on social media.
Ravinder himself accepted the authenticity of the clip in which he is heard offering a loan of Rs 2 lakh loan to a TJAC member ostensibly to ensure the latter attended the March 6 dissidents’ meet in Hyderabad.
In the audio clip, Ravinder is heard introducing himself to the other person, identified as TJAC Sircilla district convener Srinivas. He then asks about his livelihood. When Srinivas says he earns a meagre income, Ravinder asks, “Why don’t you make an effort to generate a permanent income by doing some business. I will arrange a Rs 2 lakh interest-free loan for you. You can repay it only after you settle down. For this, all you need to do is to attend a meeting to be held in Hyderabad tomorrow. Other persons are also coming.”
Ravinder confirmed to Express that the audio clip was authentic. “Yes, the audio is true. When the TJAC chairman and I had toured Sircilla in the past, local TJAC members explained about their financial problems. They asked the TJAC to help them find suitable means of livelihood.
“It was the responsibility of Kodandaram to take care of TJAC members who are still in abject poverty. But he is not coming to their rescue. Therefore, I called Srinivas and asked him to attend the dissidents’ meeting on March 6, promising him to provide a loan. What is wrong in it?” Ravinder said.