C Ramachandraiah resigned from the Congress as he was displeased with the Congress’ alliance with the Telugu Desam Party.

Former AP Min C Ramachandraiah to join YSRCP in presence of Jaganmohan Reddy
news Politics Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 11:24

Former Andhra Pradesh minister C Ramachandraiah, who resigned from the Congress as he was displeased with Congress’s alliance with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), will join the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) on Tuesday.

He will be joining the YSRCP in the presence of party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy in Vizianagaram during Jagan’s padayatra, reported Deccan Chronicle.

Ramachandraiah is the second leader to quit the Congress. Former Minister Vatti Vasant Kumar had also resigned from the Congress after the party joined hands with the TDP in Telangana. The Congress made efforts to convince Ramachandraiah to stay back, but the latter was made up his mind to quit as he did not want to work with TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

Ramachandraiah is known for his opposition to Naidu. After working with the TDP for nearly two decades, he quit the TDP as he was dejected with Naidu’s style of functioning. He stated that he didn’t like the way Naidu took decisions unilaterally, without consulting other party leaders.  

After quitting the TDP, Ramachandraiah joined the Praja Rajyam Party, headed by actor Chiranjeevi. However, the PRP merged with Congress in 2011. Ramachandraiah continued on with the Congress, while several others left the party during the state’s bifurcation in 2014.

Jagan resumes padayatra

The YSR Congress chief on Monday resumed his Praja Sankalpa Yatra after a 17-day delay caused due to a knife attack on him at Visakhapatnam airport. A hotel waiter attacked Jagan with a small knife at the airport lounge. He claimed to be a sympathiser of Jagan, and wanted him to win in the 2019 state Assembly elections. Jagan sustained an injury on his shoulder.

He resumed his walk from Salur assembly constituency in Vizianagaram district.

The Andhra police have decided to issue red, green and blue ID cards as a security measure to those who wish to meet Jagan as an effort to tighten security.