Stage is set for senior Telugu Desam Party leader and former minister from Kadapa C Adinarayana Reddy to defect to the Bharatiya Janata Party to safeguard his business and political interests.
According to reports, Adinarayana Reddy had met BJP national working president Jagat Prakash Nadda on Sunday, when the latter came to Hyderabad address a massive rally of the party. He had apparently negotiated with the BJP leader over the deal for the defection.
Already, the TDP leader had been sending feelers to the BJP leadership through other senior leaders who had defected from the TDP to BJP a couple of months ago. And finally on Sunday, he got the nod from Nadda.
Adinarayan Reddy, who got elected on the YSR Congress party ticket in Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district, defected to the Telugu Desam Party three years ago for the sake of cabinet berth.
He took up a belligerent stand against YSRC and its president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy subsequently.
However, he had to face troubles within the TDP from his arch rival P Ramasubba Reddy and it led to virtual group fights in Jammalamadugu.
TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu had to personally intervene and bring about a compromise between the two.
As part of it, Adinarayana Reddy had to contest from Kadapa parliamentary seat, while Ramasubba Reddy got the TDP ticket from Jammalamadugu assembly constituency. But both of them lost the elections miserably.
Now, Adinarayana Reddy has realised that it is very difficult for him to survive politically in Kadapa district without strong support.
That is precisely why he has decided to join the Bharatiya Janata Party at least for his political survival and to avoid being targeted by the YSR Congress party leaders in Kadapa district.