"By joining TDP, I now feel relieved. I can now be a partner in state's development," the MLA said

Another YSR Congress MLA joins TDP opposition strength falls to 55File photo: PTI
news Politics Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 07:40

YSR Congress MLA Sujaya Krishna Ranga Rao of Bobbili in Vizianagaram district, on Wednesday joined Telugu Desam Party.

He was formally inducted into the party by TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu at a function in Vijayawada in the afternoon.

Sujaya, who hails from the Bobbili Royal family, joined the TDP along with his brother Baby Nayana in presence of Union Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju, Deputy Chief Minister N China Rajappa, TDP state president K Kala Venkata Rao and a host of other leaders.

"Being an opposition MLA, I always had a feeling that I may be inadvertently coming in the way of development at a time when Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has been striving hard for it. By joining TDP, I now feel relieved. I can now be a partner in the state's development," Sujaya said.

Kala Venkata Rao said "YSRC and its leader remain directionless even after two years. Instead of playing a constructive role, YSRC has been pursuing only a destructive agenda. Hence, its MLAs are coming to our fold." 

He invited all those wishing to partner in the state's development, to join TDP.

Sujaya, a two-time MLA, had been unhappy for some time now, following the entry of his b te noire Botsa Satyanarayana into the YSRC.

He is the 12th MLA to join the TDP. Already 11 legislators from different districts have crossed over to the TDP in the last two months. With Sujaya's exit, YSRC'S strength in the 176-member AP Assembly has depleted to 55.

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