Karanam Balaram to quit TDP to join YSR Congress

Senior Telugu Desam Party leader and former minister Karanam Balaramakrishna Murthy from Prakasam district is said to have made up his mind to quit the party and join the YSR Congress.

This senior leader from the Prakasam district is now unhappy with the party and its chief Chandrababu Naidu, who is giving greater importance to his rival Gottipati Ravikumar. The two families – Karanam and Gottipati – have been at loggerheads for decades in the district and were never together in one party. While Karanam family stayed with the TDP, the Gottipati family had been with the Congress.

However, in the changed situation with Gottipati Ravi who won on the YSR Congress ticket had shifted to the ruling TDP two years go leaving no space for Karanam to do his part in the district politics, particularly in Addanki. The entry of Gottipati Ravi into the party and his domination in the Prakasam district politics is not acceptable for Balaram and his supporters. There were visible clashes between the two groups in the recent past.

Unable to digest the ill-treatment meted out, Balaram is said to have made up his mind to quit the party and join the YSR Congress. Balaram started his political career in 1978 from Addanki as Congress candidate and is now looking at the YSR Congress. The sources say that initial talks were finalised and Jaganmohan Reddy had reportedly promised a safe place for Balaram in the party. However, it is said that Jaganmohan Reddy wanted Balaram to quit the MLC post before joining the party.

Balaram was elected to the Legislative Council in 2017 and his term expires in 2023. With four years of the term on hand, Balaram is not prepared to quit the post at this point and had reportedly told Jaganmohan Reddy that he would quit the MLC post only after the election schedule for the Assembly was released. However, it is not known whether Jaganmohan Reddy had agreed for this option or not, but the sources say that Balaram would leave the TDP and join the YSR Congress between December this year and March next year.

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