Former Member of Parliament from Nandyal Gangula Pratap Reddy switched allegiance to ruling Telugu Desham Party on Wednesday. This development comes in less than 24hours after YSRCP supremo Jagan Mohan Reddy had lunch in YSRC MLC Gangula Prabhakar Reddy’s house. Pratap Reddy met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu along with Minister Atchannaidu to officially join the ruling party.
The Gangula Brothers have strong hold over people in Gospadu mandal of Nandyal. The YSRCP leadership was rooting on them to flatter the voters. Also, Gangula and Bhuma families reportedly have been arch rivals ever since. However, this particular defection can be seen as a major blow to YSRCP and will apparently favour the ruling party. In view of the Nandyal by-elections, both ruling TDP and opposition YSRCP are encouraging defections.
At the beginning of this year, MLC Gangula Prabhakar Reddy switched from TDP to YSRCP followed by defeating the TDP candidate from the Allagadda Assembly constituency.