Amarnath Reddy suspended “for resorting to anti-party activities”

The saga of Telugu Desam MLAs leaving the party continues with Amarnath Reddy representing Palamneru constituency made his intention of joining YSR Congress clear on Friday.

Mr. Amarnath Reddy went to Chanchalguda jail here and after meeting Kadapa MP Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, he announced that he has decided to join YSRC in deference to the wishes of the people of his constituency.

He was switching loyalties as he did not like some of the recent decisions taken by the TDP president, N. Chandrababu Naidu.

These decisions were not in tune with the present political situation, he said obliquely referring to Mr. Naidu’s letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealing to him to convene all-party meeting on Telangana.

No sooner did the party MLA meet Mr. Reddy, the TDP announced his suspension “for resorting to anti- party activities”. Though Mr. Amaranath Reddy was maintaining a distance from the party for some months now, his announcement is bound to cause embarrassment to Mr. Naidu as Palamneru constituency forms part of his native district Chittoor.

It comes close on the heels of another young MLA from the district, Praveen Kumar Reddy, representing Thamballapalle, shifting to YSRCP. Following his footsteps, yet another first time MLA from Gopalapuram, Taneti Vanitha, crossed over to Mr. Reddy’s bandwagon on October 31, two days after Mr. Praveen Kumar Reddy’s decision.

With three MLAs leaving the party in a fortnight, the TDP is clearly in a quandary unable to check the exodus even as Mr. Naidu diligently continues his ‘padayatra’ across the State touching the landmark of 700 km the other day, quite paradoxically for strengthening the party and galvanising the cadre.

  • Reddy represents Palamneru constituency, which forms part of Naidu’s native Chittoor district

  • Reddy was maintaining a distance from the Telugu Desam Party for some months now