Hyderabad: The fast changing landscape in Kurnool district politics took another shape with the ruling Telugu Desam Party getting a jolt today. Former minister and TDP party in-charge of Nandyal Silpa Mohan Reddy, formally quit and joined the rival, YSR Congress party.
YSRCP President Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, welcomed Mohan Reddy and his followers by presenting them with party kanduvas at a function held in Lotus Pond. Along with Mohan Reddy others who joined YSRCP include Nadyal Municipal Chairperson Sulochana, Marked State Vice-President P P Nagi Reddy, scores of councilors , ZPTCC and MPTCC members, sarpanches.
Speaking on the occasion Shilpa Mohan Reddy said that he was compelled to join YSRCP as Rayalaseema region, especially Kurnool district, was completely being neglected by the TDP regime in the state. He alleged that numerous representations to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to look into various issues concerning the district fell only on deaf ears, he lamented and added that after late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy Rayalaseema region had not developed in any aspect.
He further alleged that Chandrababu Naidu’s concentration and interest were only on Amaravathi and Polavaram project. Numerous representations for resolving various issues confronting Nandyal Assembly constituency and Kurnool district had no impact on the Chief Minister, he alleged.
Referring to the allotment of TDP ticket for the ensuing by-elections in Nandyal Assembly constituency, necessitated due to the demise of Bhooma Nagi Reddy, he said the Chief Minister had gone back on his assurance to consider his request for the ticket for his group. When Akhila Priya was inducted in the cabinet, he had not raised any objection. But when the Nandyal seat fell vacant, his request for the seat should have been considered, he explained.
YSRCP leaders belonging to Kurnool dfistrict hailed the decision of Shilpa Mohan Reddy his followers to join the party. Welcoming them into the party fold YSRCP MP B. Renuka was confident more and more leaders would join YSRCP and strengthen the party to come to power in the next elections.
Party President of YSRCP district A Amarnath Reddy expressed confidence that after the byelection results of Nadyal Assembly seat there would be an exodus from the Telugu Desam to YSRCP, He challenged Chandrababu Naidu to consider the by-election results as a referendum.
Reacting to Shilpa Mohan Reddy joining YSRCP, Minister Akhila Priya said that it was good riddance to bad rubbish as Nandyal Assembly constituency would tread on road to prosperity in the coming days.