Kurnoo : The Nandyal Assembly by-election result, which proved supremacy of the ruling Telugu Desam party and poor performance of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress Party, brought about a big change in the political atmosphere in the Rayalaseema region. The unexpected poll verdict pushed Silpa brothers to the wall and placed YSRCP leaders in a quandary and self-defense. While the TDP leaders were excited, the gloomy Opposition party leaders were reportedly preparing ground to switch loyalties and embrace the ruling party.
The YSRCP party suffered a blow with the Nandyal and Kakinada poll results despite the party president camped in Nandyal for 13 days and solicited votes from the constituents during his door-to-door campaigning. On the other hand, the stormy Rayalaseema Praja Samithi leader Byreddy Rajasekhara Reddy, who entered the poll fray with Rayalaseema slogan, was also rejected by the electorate scornfully as he could not even secure 200 votes. With this, the RPS leader changed his mind and decided to abandon his Rayalaseema slogan and was planning to convene a meeting of his followers shortly to stage home-coming.
It may be mentioned here that in the height of separate Telangana State agitation in 2014, Byreddy raised a banner seeking separate Rayalaseema State. Though the TDP chief tried to hold parleys with Byreddy Rajasekhara Reddy, the latter made himself unavailable. Brushing aside TDP president’s feelers, Byreddy floated Rayalaseema Praja Samithi with confidence. Bidding an adieu to the TDP, Byreddy’s party entered the poll fray and drew blank. Now he reformed himself and planning to come back to the TDP for greener political pastures, it is learnt.