YSRCP MLA from Andhra’s Nandikotkur Arthur Toguru joins Congress

State Congress chief YS Sharmila Reddy welcomed MLA Arthur Toguru into the party.
YS Sharmila and Arthur Toguru
YS Sharmila and Arthur ToguruTwitter/YS Sharmila
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An MLA of Andhra Pradesh's ruling YSR Congress Party joined the Congress on Tuesday, March 19. Toguru Arthur, who represents the Nandikotkuru constituency in Kurnool district, quit the YSRCP and joined Congress after he was denied a party ticket this time. State Congress chief YS Sharmila Reddy, who is also YSRCP chief and Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s sister, welcomed him into the party.

Arthur, a commandant rank official with the Andhra Pradesh Police and chief marshal in the Assembly of erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh from 2009 to 2011, is one of the several leaders who have quit the ruling YSRCP after being denied renomination. The Congress is likely to field him from the same constituency in the May 13 elections.

In the 2019 elections, Arthur was elected from Nandikotkuru, defeating his nearest rival Bandi Jayaraju of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) by over 40,000 votes. This time, the YSRCP denied a ticket to Arthur and instead fielded Dr Sudheer Dara.

Simultaneous elections to the 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly and all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state are scheduled to be held on May 13.

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