Nandyal MP SPY Reddy officially joins Telugu Desam Party
May 25, 2014 - New Delhi
In a big jolt to the YSR Congress Party, Nandyal MP SPY Reddy has officially joined the Telugu Desam Party today. Confirming reports that he will leave the YSR Congress Party, SPY Reddy met Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu in New Delhi today. He joined the party in presence of Chandrababu who welcomed the industrialist into the party by offering the party kanduva.
Speaking to media after the meet, SPY Reddy said he joined the party keeping in the interests of the people of the region he is representing in the Parliament. Saying that he is not a hardcore politician, the sole intention behind shifting his loyalties is only for the better interests of the people of his constituency. SPY Reddy felt that he could serve justice to the people of Nandyal only if he is a member of ruling party. Reddy further said that he did not have any problems with the YSR Congress Party leadership nor he has any misunderstanding with Jagan Mohan Reddy. Reddy said he has approached TG Venkatesh who arranged the meeting with Telugu Desam Party president Chandrababu Naidu.
The Chief Election Commissioner Sampath clarified that the anti-defection law applies if a candidate win an election on one party symbol and later switch over to other party irrespective of the fact whether the political party is recognised or not. He said that under Article 10 of the Constitution states clearly in this direction. The comments of Sampath gained importance at a time when Nandyal MP SPY Reddy joined TDP on Sunday by quitting YSRCP on which party and flag he got elected.
Anti-defection law will not apply
Since YSR Congress Party is only registered party and not a recognised party, the 'Anti-defection' law will not apply to elected representatives of YSR Congress Party joining other parties, said political experts.
Butta Renuka to join Telugu Desam Party soon
Kurnool MP Butta Renuka is also expected to join Telugu Desam Party soon. Butta Renuka's husband is holding negotiations with Telugu Desam Party leaders and an official announcement of her final decision will arrive soon. In the same lines, Bhuma Nagi Reddy, husband of the deceased YSRCP leader Bhuma Shobha Nagi Reddy is also holding negotiations with TDP leaders.