It was a major blow for YSRCP in East Godavari district on Monday when it lost yet another legislator to TDP. YSRCP MLA Jyothula Nehru from Jaggampeta Assembly constituency joined the ruling TDP along with over 88 senior leaders from the party in the district. Nehru walked into the ruling party's fold with 36 village sarpanches, 43 MPTCs, 3 ZPTCs, 2 MPPs and four presidents of the Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies. The party had already lost one legislator V Subba Rao from Prathipadu who joined the ruling TDP on April 8.
The YSRCP had won five Assembly segments out of 19 in the district, while the TDP had captured 13 leaving one, Pithapuram for Independent. However, S V S N Varma, who had won from Pithapuram had joined the ruling party immediately after the elections, taking the TDP's strength to 14. Now, with Jyothula Nehru and Subba Rao joining the party, the TDP's strength had gone up to 16, leaving three, Dadisetti Raja from Tuni, Chirla Jaggi Reddy from Kothapet and V Rajeswari from Rampachodavaram. Sources said that the TDP is also working on taking these three legislators from the district and wipe out the Opposition party.
The exit of Jyothula Nehru, which had been on the cards for the past one month, had swept the YSRCP from 36 villages, which is seen as a major setback for Jaganmohan Reddy. Nehru, who served the YSRCP as its deputy floor leader, next only to the party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, was upset with the party chief denying him the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman, which fell vacant on account of Bhuma Nagi Reddy's exit.
Though the party leaders, including Vijayasai Reddy tried to convince Nehru from quitting the party, the beleaguered leader had decided to call it a day and go back to his home party. “It is home coming for me,” was all Jyothula Nehru said after being welcomed by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. On his part, Chandrababu Naidu too had welcomed Nehru, whose entry would help further strengthen the party in the Godavari districts. Interestingly, Nehru, a strong leader from the Kapu community, is seen by the government as an advantage in handling the Kapu issue.