The ruling Telugu Desam Party is suffering heavily with more of its leaders are quitting the party and joining the YSR Congress. Party supremo and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is worried for two reasons – the exit of sitting MPs and MLAs from his party and their entry into the Opposition party. Naidu seems to be more worried as his party leaders are forming beelines before the Opposition leader. At one point of time on Monday, Chandrababu Naidu made an appeal to the people to defeat the leaders who switch loyalties from one party to the other ahead of elections.
The TDP had lost two of its sitting MPs and three MLAs as of now. It started with sitting MLA and former minister Ravela Kishore Babu leaving the party two months ago to join the Jana Sena. As Naidu is trying for alliance with the Jana Sena and is hopeful of the tie-up even in the eleventh hour, Kishore Babu’s exit did not pain him much. But, the actual pain started for him when his MLAs Medha Mallikarjun Reddy from Kadapa district and Amanchi Krishna Mohan from Prakasam district left him and joined hands with Jaganmohan Reddy. There were dozens of leaders from the TDP including the Ministers who made hue and cry about this exit of the two MLAs.
Even before they could digest the exit of the two MLAs, Anakapalli MP Mutthamsetti Srinvas, who is popularly known as Awanthi Srinivas, quit the TDP and joined the YSR Congress. He was closely followed by Amalapuram MP, P Ravindra Babu, leading to a major cry in the ruling party corridors. According to the sources, there are at least 15 to 20 sitting MLAs who are looking forward to the YSR Congress and will be seen in the company of Jangamohan Reddy.
Chandrababu Naidu held a meeting with the party senior colleagues where he reviewed the situation and even tried to find out the names which are doing rounds on possible defection. He is sending his close aides to meet such suspicious leaders to confront with them and convince them to stay back. He is more worried for their joining the YSR Congress than leaving his party. He is worried about the possible victory image in favour of the YSR Congress if this trend continued for some more days with the TDP leaders joining the Opposition party. It is to be seen how many such leaders are there in the TDP who would be quitting the party to join YSR Congress in the next couple of weeks.