Sinking in Andhra, Jagan wiped out in Telangana
Ponguleti Srinivasa Reddy, party state committee president and YSRC's lone MP from Telanaga announced that he was joining the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Wednesday in the presence of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
With this the YSRC party will loose all seats from the state - both Assembly and Lok Sabha.
Jagan's party won three MLAs and one MP in Telangana, the worst performance by any major political party in the state in the 2014 elections. Two MLAs - Thati Venkateswarlu and Madan Lal - left the party in 2015 to join the TRS. With the remaining MLA also deciding to quit the party now, YSRC has become the first to party have been liquidated in post-Telangana politics.
Today, after a marathon meeting with his followers in Khammam, Lok Sabha member Srinivasa Reddy announced that entire district party would join the TRS, which includes the YSRC's remaining MLA Payam Venkateswarlu.
This is seen as the fallout of the hard-line Jaganmohan Reddy has taken against two important irrigation projects planned by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on the river Krishna. These projects are meant to help the backward Mahabubnagar district.
Jaganmohan Reddy, expressing opposition to the Palamuru-Ranga Reddy and Dindi projects, announced that he would sit on three-day fast in Kurnool town from May 16. Jagan's tough stance against the Telangana projects is seen as ploy to counter the desertion of several of his MLAs to the ruling TDP adjoining Andhra Pradesh.
Jagan accused Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu of clandestinely allowing the projects to be taken up without any murmur as he was involved in the note-for-vote scam in Telangana.
"Naidu is tongue-tied because the Telanagan CM would launch prosecution against CM Naidu for his involvement in the alleged 'buying' of a nominated MLA in the Telangana Assembly" Jagan said while announcing the fast.
Earlier, Jagan had maintained cordial relations with the TRS government. But hailing from Rayalaseema, Jagan could not ignore projects that threatened the water rights of Rayalaseema. But CM KCR has retaliated in his own way- by encouraging the YSRC MP and MLA to quit the party immediately.
According to sources, Ponguleti and Payama have decided to quit the party as their party president Jagan took a decision detrimental to the interests of the people of Telangana, especially that of Mahabubnagar district, which is considered the most backward region in the state.
"When Jagan launches three-day fast from May 16, the YSRC is expected face backlash from the local TRS workers. So it would not be fair to continue in a party which is opposed to the interests of Telangana," Reddy told his followers in the meeting.
Following Jagan's threat on Saturday, Ponguleti met K T Ramarao, IT minister and the son of KCR to discuss his joining the party, which TRS sources said was also cleared by chief minister KCR.