Telugu Desam Party rebel MLAs Vallabhaneni Vamsi, Maddali Giri, and Karanam Balaram are very much interested in joining YSRCP sooner or later. Today, yet another TDP MLA Vasupalli Ganesh met with YS Jagan and he could well be joining YCP in the days to come.
TDP bagged 23 MLA seats in last year’s election and with 4 MLAs distancing themselves from the party, it currently has 19 MLAs on its side.
Notably, TDP needs at least 18 MLAs on its side to be recognised as opposition party. If the party loses 2 more MLAs to YCP, Chandrababu Naidu will be stripped off the opposition leader status.
It would be nothing less to a humiliation if Chandrababu loses opposition leader status. In order to avoid it, Chandrababu will have to keep hold of his 19 MLAs.
It would be really interesting to see if Jagan will spare Chandrababu Naidu from humiliation. The Jagan-led YCP already has 151 MLAs on its side with 4 TDP MLAs and 1 Janasena MLA ready to support the party.