Former minister Ganta Srinivas Rao held a series of meetings with the BJP leaders. He also visited Delhi and called on the central leaders. On the other hand AP BJP’s firebrand leader Somu Veerraju also had series of meetings. While Ganta Srinivas Rao did not reveal anything about his meetings, Somu Veerraju made the announcements. He also said that when two leaders meet they discuss politics. Somu also dropped the bombshell that a large number of MLAs from TDP will join BJP. All this happened a week 10 days ago but so far not a single MLA has joined BJP. Even Ganta Srinivas Rao has not taken a step forward.
In fact Ganta Srinivas Rao wanted to join YSRCP. He is interested in state politics. Moreover, Jagan is a strong leader in AP. This would have meant he would be in power for four-and-half years. That’s why he was keen to jump to YSRCP. He was even ready to resign as MLA and face the by-election. However, with minister Avanti Srinivas creating hurdles, Ganta’s strategy failed. In the meantime, BJP leaders also approached Ganta and he held talks with them. There have been reports that the BJP leaders told Ganta that if he brings his entire group into BJP, they will ensure that there is no need for a by-election. After all this what happened to Ganta? He is reported to have felt that if he quits TDP to join BJP he will have to remain in opposition and he will not get to enjoy the power.
There is also a talk that TDP leaders are ready to cross over to YSRCP if they were invited but they are not keen on joining BJP. BJP leaders have been repeatedly saying that TDP MLAs are coming towards their party but in reality nothing of that sort happened. Frankly, BJP has no existence in AP. TDP MLAs are reported to be of the view that instead of joining BJP to again sit in opposition, it is better to remain in TDP. This is said to be the reason for TDP MLAs not jumping the wall. In this context, Ganta Srinivas Rao is maintaining silence. Notwithstanding the claims being made by BJP leaders, the first option of TDP leaders is said to be YSRCP. Though BJP is in power at the centre, they know where does BJP stand in AP. That’s why Ganta Srinivas Rao is also not keeping quiet.