Hyderabad, Oct. 30: A Congress MLA and another from the Opposition have joined Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress as Andhra Pradesh headed for a fresh round of political polarisation amid fears of more defections.
The switch in loyalties came less than 48 hours after the state got five new representatives at the Centre.
Chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, who heads the Congress government in the state, has also been appointing disgruntled elements to nominated posts to keep his flock from going over to Jagan ahead of elections, due in 2014.
Yesterday, Maddala Rajesh Kumar, MLA from Chintalapudi in West Godavari district, joined Jagan’s party at a public meeting in Bhongir.
Today, A. Praveen Kumar Reddy, suspended Telugu Desam MLA from Thamballapalle in Chittoor district, called on Jagan at Chanchalguda jail, where the MP is lodged in connection with an assets case, and announced he was joining the YSRC.
A YSRC source said the party would expose the nexus between the Congress and the Desam. “It is the unholy alliance of both that has been plaguing Andhra since the past two years and feeding false hopes on Telangana.”