Amaravati: The ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh suffered a major blow on Thursday, days ahead of the crucial by-election for the Nandyal Assembly seat, as party MLC Silpa Chakrapani Reddy quit the party to join the Opposition YSR Congress.
Reddy also resigned from the MLC post, to which he was elected just three months ago.
The Jaganmohan Reddy-led party has fielded Chakrapani's elder brother Mohan Reddy for the 23 August bypoll. The Reddy brothers had joined the TDP ahead of the 2014 elections after deserting the Congress.
Mohan, a former minister, was expected to be fielded for the by-election from TDP, but the party chose Brahmananda Reddy, a member of the Bhuma family. The Silpa and the Bhuma families have a running feud in the faction-ridden Kurnool district.
Piqued by this, Mohan quit the TDP and joined the YSRC last month, which fielded him for the bypoll.
Since his brother's exit from TDP, Chakrapani had been staying away from the party activities in Kurnool district, giving rise to speculation that he too was on his way out. He then faxed a letter to TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu announcing his exit.
Chakrapani faxed another letter to the Legislative Council (acting) Chairman, stating that he was resigning as the MLC. Mohan lost the 2014 Assembly elections as the TDP nominee to Bhuma Nagi Reddy of the YSRC.
Updated Date: Aug 04, 2017 12:28 PM