MP deserts YSRCP, joins rival TDP

MP deserts YSRCP, joins rival TDP

In a shock to YSRCP chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, his party's newly-elected MP from the Nandyal constituency joined the Telugu Desam Party on Sunday, and another MP is reportedly testing waters to cross over to the TDP.

Nandyala MP S P Y Reddy joined the TDP in the presence of its leader N Chandrababu Naidu in Delhi. Along with Reddy, Neelakantham, husband of YSRCP MP from Kurnool Butta Renuka, also joined the TDP.

Speaking to the reporters, Reddy said that he took this decision as he had promised people of his constituency that he would bring all-round development in the region. "I have no compliant against the YSRCP, but voters elected me because of my unblemished image,” Reddy said. The former Congress leader and Nandyala MP, Reddy had earlier left the Congress and joined Jagan’s party after Congress-led UPA announced division of the state. On YSRCP ticket, he was re-elected from the same constituency.

TDP leader C M Ramesh argued that Reddy’s shifting loyalty will not attract provisions of the Anti-Defection Law as YSRCP is not a recognised party yet. “The YSRCP is a registered party and not recognised, so each one of their elected leaders are independents only,” Ramesh said, hinting at more such shifts.

Here, at the YSRCP headquarters, party senior M V Mysoora Reddy, criticised the TDP for admitting MP elected on their party banner. “Even though the party is not recognised, they come under the party whip, they will come under the law and will lose their candidature,” he pointed out.

Meanwhile,  Butta Renuka, a YSRCP MP elected from Kurnool constituency, also announced her intention to join the TDP. She said that many more elected members are ready to join the TDP.

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