Amaravati: Former TDP minister and Kadapa strongman, C Adinarayana Reddy joined BJP in the presence of party working president J P Nadda on Monday.
Adinarayana Reddy has been planning to switch over to BJP ever since Y S Jaganmohan Reddy took over the reins of the state.
Reddy, who won 2014 assembly elections on an YSRC ticket from Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district, had joined TDP in 2016. Reddy, a faction leader, entered the TDP fold for fear of life if had continued with opposition YSRC. With a view to take on Jagan on his home turf, TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu inducted the turncoat MLA Adinarayana into his cabinet.
Reddy was the chief critic of Jagan till he continued in the cabinet. Although he served as a minister for two years, Naidu pushed him into Lok Sabha election arena as part of the truce made with rival faction leader Ramasubba Reddy. Ramasubba was given the chance to contest assembly elections as TDP nominee.
After TDP’s rout in the recent elections, Adinarayana Reddy hurriedly met BJP leaders and lobbied to join the party. Subsequently, he went back to Congress following pressure from then chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy. He again joined YSRC before 2014 elections and secured a ticket. Seeing his long history of defections, BJP had put his admission on hold for two months. Sources said that he intensified lobbying through some senior leaders who had already joined the party and finally got the entry.
Interestingly, BJP took the decision to admit Reddy into party just couple of hours before chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy’s meeting with Union home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Monday.