Sathupalli MLA Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, belonging to the Telugu Desam Party, today said that he would resign from the TDP and join the TRS in the presence of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao soon.
Talking to mediapersons at the TDLP office, Veeraiah said that the TDP had the support of the people in Khammam, but he preferred to join the ruling party as the CM was turning the Khammam district green through irrigation projects.
The CM had promised to provide irrigation waters to about two lakh acres in the constituency from Nagarjuna Sagar and had instructed the officials to take immediate steps, Veeraiah said.
"I will talk to leaders, followers and workers of the TDP in my constituency and join the TRS. I have taken a decision to join the ruling party for development of the segment and welfare of the people," he said.
The 4-time MLA said that there was no personal benefit for him in joining the ruling party, and that he was taking the decision only for the sake of the development of his constituency. The Chief Minister was making true the dream of assured waters for Khammam's farmers through the Sitarama Lift Irrigation Project, and "my decision is driven by my desire for the development of Khammam and Sattupalli", he said.
Interestingly, Veeraiah is an accused in the 2015 Revanth Reddy note-for-vote case that rocked Telangana and Andhra Pradesh four years back. Being with the TRS now can result in a lot of heat being taken off him.
The TDP will now be left with just one MLA in the Telangana Assembly.