It is in fact, a homecoming for Nehru, who previously served as an MLA twice on behalf of TDP

YSRCP MLA Jyothula Nehru formally joins TDP defection count rises to 11File photo
news Politics Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 08:05

Andhra Pradesh MLA Jyothula Nehru on Monday formally joined the ruling Telugu Desam Party from the Opposition YSR Congress (YSRC), taking the number of MLAs who switched sides to 11.

Nehru, who till recently served as the deputy leader of YSRC in the Assembly, was admitted into the party by Telugu Desam President and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at a function in Vijayawada.

Besides Naidu, top TDP leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister N China Rajappa, Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and TDP AP unit President K Kala Venkata Rao were present at the function.

It's in fact a homecoming for Nehru, who previously served as an MLA twice on behalf of TDP.

The return of the MLA from Jaggampeta, East Godavari district, to the TDP adds strength to the party, particularly among the Kapu community, in his home district.

The YSRC had four MLAs in East Godavari district but the number has now been reduced to two with the exit of Nehru and V Subba Rao, who jumped over three days ago.

The YSRC's strength in the 176-member Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly has dropped to 56 with the crossover of 11 MLAs in the last two months.

TDP says some more legislators of the lone Opposition party were ready to switch sides unable to stand the "autocratic" attitude of YSRC President Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.

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