One more YSRCP MP quits, Narasapuram’s Raghu Ramakrishna Raju resigns with scathing letter

Raju's resignation comes in the wake of Rajya Sabha MP Prabhakar Reddy, Machilipatnam MP Vallabhaneni, and others quitting the ruling party.

BySouth First Desk

Published Feb 24, 2024 | 2:56 PMUpdatedFeb 24, 2024 | 2:56 PM

K Raghu Rama Krishna Raju

Narasapuram Lok Sabha member K Raghu Ramakrishna Raju on Saturday, 24 February, resigned from the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh.

Raju’s resignation comes in the wake of Rajya Sabha MP Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy, Machilipatnam MP Balashowry Vallabhaneni, Narasaraopeta MP Krishna Deva Rayalu and others quitting the ruling party in the southern state.

In a scathing resignation letter addressed to Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, Raju, who has been at odds with the former for nearly four years, said time has come for both of them to free themselves from “unsavoury association once for all”.

“I hereby tender my resignation for the primary active membership of YSRC Party and expect you (Reddy) to accept the same with a prompt reply or response at your earliest convenience,” said Raju in his resignation letter posted on X.

The MP noted that he resigned as a mark of his “strong conviction towards serving for public good” and observed that the time has come for all to face public probity and mandate, hinting at the forthcoming polls.

Lashing out at the YSRCP chief, Raju said Reddy’s alleged multiple efforts to get him disqualified from Parliamentary membership failed to yield the latter’s desired result.

“However, every time you made an attempt, I also have equally made laudable, positive and even more powerful efforts working for my constituency and its holistic development,” claimed Raju.

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Recent resignations

Apart from Prabhakar Reddy, Narasaraopet MP Lavu Srikrishna Devarayalu, too, has joined the TDP. Machilipatnam Lok Sabha member Vallabhaneni Balashourie joined the ranks of Jana Sena Party, and Kurnool MP Sanjeev Kumar, though left the YSRCP, is yet to join any party.

On Wednesday, 21 February, MP Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy too resigned from the party amid anticipation that he would be fielded by the YSRCP in Nellore for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

He has also resigned as a member of the Rajya Sabha due to “personal reasons”.

With sources close to him indicating that he was upset over the party avoiding his recommendations, Reddy is likely to join the TDP this week and contest the Lok Sabha polls under their banner.

Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan finalising the list of candidates for both elections has triggered an avalanche of desertations.

The party’s sitting MPs and MLAs are leaving Jagan in search of greener political pastures in other formations, including the TDP, an outfit so far that was in their crosshairs.

The trouble began in the YSRCP camp after Jagan fielded fresh faces for the elections. He nominated in-charges for 68 of the 175 Assembly constituencies and 16 of the 25 Parliament segments. The new faces either transferred the sitting MLAs or MPS to other constituencies or benched them the with promise of utilising their services in whatever way the party deems fit in the future.

Andhra Pradesh is poised to witness simultaneous Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in a few months.

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(With PTI inputs)