With the political heat up every passing day, the leaders are jumping from one party to the other seeking green pastures. There would be more in the days to come, but there are two major fence crossings in the next week.
Former minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy from Nellore district is all set to join the YSR Congress. Though he had planned it much earlier along with his late brother Anam Vivekananda Reddy, things did not work for them and the brothers joined the ruling Telugu Desam Party in 2016. The brothers were not happy in the TDP as Chandrababu Naidu did not keep up even a single promise that was given to the brothers. Vivekananda Reddy died before seeing some bright future for the family in the TDP. After his death, Ramanarayana Reddy made several futile attempts to get stronger in the TDP in vain. Now, Ramanarayana Reddy had finally made up his mind to get into the YSR Congress. He is all set to join the party in the presence of Jaganmohan Reddy on September 2.
There is another former Congress leader, Kondru Muralimohan Rao, from Srikakulam district who is set to join the ruling Telugu Desam Party in the same week. Best known as Kondru Murali, he was close to late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, but preferred to be away from Jaganmohan Reddy or the YSR Congress after his mentor’s death. Even after his defeat in the 2014 election, Murali remained with the Congress and had been active with the party affairs. At one point of time, he tried to be the APCC president replacing Raghuveera Reddy.
Interestingly, Murali held several meetings within the party seeking support for his candidature as the APCC president. However, these secret meetings did not help him get the post as the AICC leadership was comfortable with Raghuveera Reddy. Irked at the denial of the APCC, Kondru Murali is now jumping into the ruling Telugu Desam Party.
Chandrababu Naidu is understood to have convinced former minister and former speaker K Prathibha Bharati, who opposed the entry of Kondru Murali. AP TDP president and Minister K Kalavenkata Rao had taken the trouble of making things clear and easy for Murali’s entry.