The Telugu Desam Party chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu suspended Rajampet MLA and also the government's whip Meda Mallikarjuna Reddy on Tuesday for alleged anti-party activities.
The announcement was made by Naidu in Rajampet where he was addressing party workers. Reddy was suspended following speculation that he is joining the YSR Congress party led by YS Jaganmohan Reddy.
After having a meeting with key leaders from the region, who apparently unanimously voted for his suspension, Naidu told the party workers that Mallikarjuna Reddy cannot continue in the party anymore. He further assured the party workers that they would not only win Rajampet but other segments in Kadapa as well in the upcoming elections.
Calling Mallikarjuna Reddy an oppurtunist, the TDP in its official press release said, "For five years, he enjoyed everything. We made him the whip and his father Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Board member. But, as elections are nearing, he left the party, Mr Naidu said, according to a TDP release."
Meanwhile, the sacked MLA met YS Jaganmohan at his residence in Lotus Pond, Hyderabad, and announced that he would formally join the YSRCP on January 31.
Speaking to reporters, Reddy said, "I suffered immensely in the TDP for four and half years under Chandrababu. Despite my sufferings, I continued to be there because I wanted to serve the people of my constituency."
"In the present circumstances, it is YS Jaganmohan Reddy who has democratic values. I no longer could stay with Naidu who doesn't have any democratic values," he lamented.
He further claimed that the state will become a disaster under Naidu, and alleged that Naidu makes false promises. "He assured the youth of employment but cheated them. Similarly, he promised the Kapus of providing reservations and fooled them. I couldn't tolerate all these, and quit the party," Reddy claimed.
Reddy was earlier a Congress leader, who later joined the TDP in 2014. He is the lone TDP MLA from Kadapa, a district that YSRCP had swept.