TDP Eyes Two More MLAs; Planning Defections at Mahanadu

The ruling TDP is learned to have set its eyes on two more MLAs from Srikakulam. The party is now trying to rope in Rajam MLA Kambala Jogulu and Palakonda MLA V Kalavathi.

Amaravati: The defection of the legislators from the opposition party YSR Congress seems to continue further in Andhra Pradesh. The ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had now set its eyes on Rajam MLA Kambala Jogulu and Palakonda MLA V Kalavathi, who are losing their importance with Jagan Mohan Reddy these days.

The sources said that Jagan Mohan Reddy is unhappy with the performance of these two legislators and has already asked them to change their style. This is said to have irked the legislators to send feelers to TDP leadership, particularly TDP AP president and Minister K Kala Venkata Rao.

The sources said that Kala Venkata Rao already held the first round of talks with the two legislators last week in Visakhapatnam. In all likelihood, the two MLAs will join the ruling party’s bandwagon at the TDP’s Mahanadu in Visakhapatnam to be held from May 27.

With the two likely crossovers from the YSR Congress to the ruling TDP, the number of defections from AP Assembly is likely to reach 23. The YSR Congress has already lost 21 of its MLAs who have joined the ruling TDP in different phases during 2016.

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