As many as 40 Sarpanches from Guntur district from the Congress and the YSR Congress formally joined the Telugu Desam Party in the presence of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada on Saturday. The Sarpanches were introduced to the Chief Minister by Minister for Social Welfare Ravela Kishore Babu. Guntur District Sarpanches Association president Katuri Srinivasa Rao was present.
Mr. Kishore Babu, who has taken the initiative after the death of Kosana Madhusudana Rao who was then president of the district Sarpanches association, in a road accident, said that the Sarpanches have realised that development of their villages would be possible only with the TDP government. He said some more local elected representatives were in touch with him.