Hyderabad: Former minister and TDP leader P. Ramasubba Reddy, on 11 March, joined the YSRCP in the presence of Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy. The Chief Minister has adopted the formula of his late father Y.S Rajasekhar Reddy by welcoming leaders from his rival group to join the party in order to send a message to the Opposition TDP.
Jagan received Mr Ramasubba at his Tadepalli residence on Wednesday evening. “Now, the faction era is almost over as the Chief Minister has extended his friendly gesture by inviting Ramasubba Reddy into the party," a senior YSRCP leader told NewsMeter.
Former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s strategy seemed to have finally worked during the last days of the TDP regime last year. Two Kadapa leaders, the then minister Adinarayana Reddy and the then MLC Ramasubba Reddy, had decided to give up their differences and accept Mr Naidu's compromise formula. Mr Ramasubba had resigned as the MLC and contested from Jammalamadugu Assembly segment. Mr Adinarayana Reddy, meanwhile, contested from Kadapa Lok Sabha seat and lost to YSRCP candidate. Both the leaders had made a joint statement saying that they would work together.
Speaking on the occasion, they had said they wanted to ignore the past and work together for the benefit of TDP in the Kadapa district. However, after the elections, Mr Adinarayana joined the BJP while Mr Ramasubba had been waiting for a break.