Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohna Reddy seems to have adopted a new style of politics starting to hit back at the rivals. The normal political practice of Jaganmohan Reddy is that any leader who wish to join the YSR Congress, should resign to the party posts and also to the posts that they were elected on the party which they represent now. If the Telugu Desam Party leaders are to join the ruling YSR Congress, they should resign to the party and also to the elected post like the MLA or MLC posts as a precondition.
Jaganmohan Reddy had been following this ever since he launched his YSR Congress in 2009. He took several leaders, for that matter, all the leaders from the Congress after due resignation to the party and the MLA posts too. But, now sitting in the treasury benches, Jaganmohan Reddy seems to have adopted a new policy of not insisting on the leaders to resign to the MLAs posts. This started with Gannavaram TDP MLA Vallabhaneni Vamsi Mohan, who had sent his resignation letter to the party president Chandrababu Naidu and not to the Assembly speaker in the speaker format.
The TDP had suspended him from the party and if he does not send his resignation letter in Speaker format to the Assembly speaker, he would continue as Independent MLA in the House and would be supporting the ruling party. This would give the MLAs a greater relief of seeking fresh election at this point of time to cross floor and join the ruling party.
If this formula works for him, there are at least a dozen MLAs from the Opposition TDP to cross the floor. They are ready to take on the TDP leadership and get expelled from the party to become Independent MLAs in the House. This would strip Chandrababu Naidu of his Leader of Opposition status in the Assembly, which comes with Cabinet rank and other facilities.
The strategy seems to have worked out well for the YSR Congress and the leadership is clearing decks for other TDP MLAs to follow Vamsi’s style. It is now to be seen how many TDP MLAs do the Vamsi’s politics, get expelled by the leadership and be recognised by the Speaker Thammineni Sitaram as Independent MLAs to support the ruling party.