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Boost to Chandrababu as 2 YSR Cong MPs join TDP

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In a setback to the YSR Congress, two of its MPs joined the TDP that is set to form the government in Andhra Pradesh and join the Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday met PM designate Narendra Modi and sources said the party is likely to get one cabinet minister and two ministers of state berths.

Sources in the TDP said seven-time MLA P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who won from the Vizianagaram seat, is likely to be the party’s nominee for the Cabinet berth. Naidu had met BJP chief Rajnath Singh on Saturday.

Naidu also received a shot in the arm with senior leader S P Y Reddy joining the party.

Reddy, who won from the Nandyal seat for the third consecutive time, had crossed over to the YSR Congress from the Congress just before the elections.

He had left the Congress opposing its decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.

Sources said Kurnool MP Butta Renuka also met Naidu and expressed her wish to join the TDP. Sources in the YSR Congress said the party will press for disqualification of both of them. With the exit of the two, the strength of the YSR Congress has come down to seven. The TDP’s tally has gone up to 18.

Talking to reporters after meeting Naidu, Reddy said he did not have any difference of opinion with the YSR Congree chief and has joined the TDP because the party will be ruling in Seemandhra and will be part of the NDA government at the Centre. “I could better serve my constituency if I am with the TDP,” Reddy said.

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