In a major political move, former Andhra Pradesh Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy defected from the TDP and joined the YSRCP in the presence of party President YS Jaganmohan Reddy.
Anam and his family, who was close to Jagan's father and former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, enjoy a lot of political clout in the state's Nellore district.
"The TDP grossly failed in fulfilling the promises made to people. For four years, the TDP sailed with the BJP but it is staging the estrangement drama only because it failed the people in all respects. The BJP, too, cheated the people of AP," Anam was quoted as saying.
Anam was addressing a gathering of Jagan's Praja Sankalpa Yatra and also accused Naidu of failing to get the Union government to properly implement the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.
Anam is the second leader from Nellore district to jump ship former CM Janardhan Reddy's son, Ramkumar Reddy, also recently joined the YSRCP.
In April this year, the Anam family was in for a rude shock after senior politician and Ramanarayana's brother, Anam Vivekananda Reddy passed away after suffering from a prolonged illness. He was 67 years old.
He had been admitted to a hospital in Kurnool after being unwell, following which he was shifted to the Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Hospital in Hyderabad's Begumpet.
The family has had many politicians, including Vivekanda's father Anam Venkata Reddy and his uncle, Anam Chenchu Subba Reddy.
Members of the family have held several posts in politics — from that of municipal corporators to cabinet ministers in the state.
The two brothers joined the TDP from the Congress in January 2016 in the presence of CM Naidu, along with thousands of their followers in Vijayawada.
However, two other brothers had joined the YSRCP. Presently, the entire family has now shifted loyalties to the YSRCP.
Reports suggest that the family members were angered as they were lured by the TDP with the promise of a council seat, but were not given any position of power.