Controversial MLA from the Telugu Desam Party Vallabhaneni Vamsi Mohan, from Gannavaram in Krishna district, had finally made up his mind to bid adieu to the parent party and join the ruling YSR Congress. It is likely to happen in the next two weeks. The change was on cards for the past two years as Vamsi is close to Gudivada MLA from the YSR Congress, Kodali Srivenkateswara Rao (Nani), now Minister in the YSR Congress government.
Both Vamsi and Kodali Nani are close friends from their early political days in the TDP. However, Nani differed with Devineni Umamaheswara Rao in the Krishna district politics and had quit the party and joined the YSR Congress. It was expected that Vamsi would also join the YSR Congress along with Nani, but it did not happen then.
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, it was expected that Vamsi would cross the fence and join the YSR Congress. However, for reasons best known to him, Vamsi remained with the TDP and had won the election with just 800 votes majority against the YSR Congress candidate Yarlagadda Venkatrao.
Though he got elected and his rival Devineni Umamaheswara Rao lost the election, the sources say that Uma is enjoying more clout in the TDP than any other leader, including the two MLAs, Vamsi from Gannavaram and Gadde Ramamohan Rao from Vijayawada East. Besides some property disputes and other cases, Vamsi is uncomfortable and was not willing to accept the leadership of Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, which finally forced him to take a call.
Vamsi, had finally met chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy the other day and had secured green signal to join the party. He would submit his resignation to the Assembly before joining the ruling party, as a precondition that Jaganmohan Reddy had been following in his politics. However, the chief minister is understood to have promised Assembly ticket to Vamsi in the by-election.
Well, there are at least a dozen MLAs from the TDP, who are ready to quit and join the ruling YSR Congress. They are reportedly waiting for clearance from Jaganmohan Reddy and also assurance of their MLA ticket in the by-election. It is to be seen how many MLAs would quit and how many would remain with the TDP, before the Winter Session of the Assembly begins in December