Gannavaram MLA from Telugu Desam Party, Vallabhaneni Vamsi Mohan, is likely to join the ruling YSR Congress at the earliest. His followers in the constituency are visiting the villages in the constituency, mobilising support for the MLA, who had resigned to the TDP primary membership. Sources say that the MLA was not available to the TDP top leadership who made several attempts to reach out to him and hold talks.
TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu had asked Vijayawada MP, Kesineni Srinivas (Nani) to meet Vamsi and talk to him. Naidu had also asked Nani to bring Vamsi to him for further talks. The TDP chief had promised to stand by the MLA in the crisis and requested him not to quit the party and active politics. However, despite several attempts, the Vijayawada MP could not establish contact with the MLA, who is believed to be in Hyderabad and had switched off his mobile.
Meanwhile, the MLAs supporters in Gannavaram constituency are preparing the ground for the leader to change the party any time in November. Several of Vamsi’s loyalists are getting the new flexies ready in the villages and waiting for the green signal from the leader to display them in the villages. A clear message from Vamsi is expected to the cadre in a day or two, the sources say.
In the ruling YSR Congress camp, its leader Yarlagadda Venkata Rao, who lost the election to Vamsi, is making attempts to meet Chief Minister Jagan mohan Reddy and seek clarity on his role if Vamsi is taken into the party. He made an attempt to meet the chief minister on Tuesday but could not make it as the chief minister was busy with the review meetings. He also made an attempt to reach out to the party MP Vijayasai Reddy, but could not make it as the leader was in Visakhapatnam.
Sources in the party say that Jaganmohan Reddy had made up his mind to take Vamsi into the party and give MLC seat to Yaralgadda Venkata Rao. However, there is no confirmation on this from the Chief Minister’s Office.