Several legislators from the opposition Telugu Desam Party are mounting pressure on chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy to allow them to defect to the ruling YSR Congress. There are at least a dozen such MLAs who have been knocking at the YSR Congress door from the day one of the elections. The TDP had won 23 MLAs, including former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in the 2019 general elections, while the YSR Congress had won 151 MLAs, including the chief minister. The massive mandate was a big surprise to the YSR Congress, while it was a big shock to the TDP.
Chandrababu Naidu believed that the party would win this election too as Amaravati needed his continuation. He banked mostly on Amaravati, which he projected as global city and had made people to invest on it in the last five years. The seed access road and the mega plans for the city were halfway and Chandrababu Naidu thought that people would give him this chance as all these works needed continuation. In fact, he went to the polls emphasising the need to continue these works and believed that he would retain the power. Most of the TDP candidates too had similar confidence. They believed that Chandrababu Naidu, somehow would win this election too.
But, things did not work as anticipated and as expected. The TDP had lost the two Assembly constituencies in the capital region – Tadikonda and Mangalagiri. While Tadikonda is the heart of the capital, with the Thulluru mandal being part of it, Mangalagiri is partially part of the capital city. Ironically, Chandrababu Naidu’s son and the TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh was defeated in Mangalagiri and the YSR Congress had the last laugh.
Immediately after the election, at least a dozen MLAs from the TDP wanted to switchover to the ruling YSR Congress. Even Jaganmohan Reddy himself had admitted this in the Assembly and said that he would not allow any floor crossing like his predecessor. The MLAs are now mounting pressure from different quarters to take them. They are on constant touch with YSR Congress general secretary V Vijayasai Reddy asking him to convince Jaganmohan Reddy for floor crossing. Interestingly, at least five of them have agreed to resign if the ticket is promised by Jaganmohan Reddy. It is to be seen how Jaganmohan Reddy would handle this situation as the pressure is increasing ahead of his 100 days of government.