Nellore: Ahead of the elections in Andhra Pradesh, significant changes are occurring in the political parties. One of the suspended YSRCP MLAs, Anam Ramanarayana Reddy from Venkatagiri, is set to join the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) soon. Interestingly, Ramanarayana Reddy quit TDP before the 2019 elections and joined YSRCP.
Other two suspended MLA's Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy, and Mekapati Chandra Sekhar Reddy (both from Nellore) are likely to join TDP.
On Friday, he met TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu at the latter’s residence in Hyderabad and expressed his desire to come back to the TDP fold.
Speaking to the media at Nellore on Saturday, Reddy revealed that he would be joining TDP soon. He will meet his followers in Venkatagiri, Nellore and Atmakuru constituencies on Sunday and take a decision on the next course of action.
He said he would welcome Nara Lokesh, who is on his Yuva Galam Padayatra, to the Nellore district on June 13. Similarly, Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy and Mekapati Chandra Sekhar Reddy also revealed their intentions to join the TDP and said they would extend their support for Lokesh’s padayatra.
“After the Yuva Galam padayatra is completed in Nellore district, I will go to Amaravati, accompanied by all my followers and formally join the TDP at the party’s central office,” said Ramanarayana Reddy.
Anam Ramanarayana Reddy was twice elected to the Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh from the Rapur constituency in the Nellore district. On both occasions, he was a TDP candidate. He served as the Minister for Roads and Buildings in the cabinet of former erstwhile united AP chief minister NT Rama Rao. In 2018, he left TDP and joined YSRCP in the presence of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
In 2023 he was one of the four MLAs that YSRCP suspended on the allegations of cross-voting for TDP candidate Panchumarthi Anuradha in the MLA quota MLC elections. Other MLAs who were suspended are Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy, Mekapati Chandra Sekhar Reddy (both from Nellore), and Undavalli Sridevi in the Guntur district.