Telugu Desam Party MLA from Sattupalli Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, who was getting ready to dump his party and take a plunge into the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, is said to have received a shock from the TRS leadership.
During an interaction with TRS working president K T Rama Rao recently, the latter reportedly told Sandra that the party was ready to take him, but on the condition that he should bring the other TDP MLA Mecha Nageshwar Rao from Aswaraopet also along with him.
“If you want to join the TRS, you have to bring Mecha also into the party. There is no entry for you alone. Dad (chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao) wants that there should be no presence of the TDP in the state assembly.
So, if both of you join, the TD legislature party will be merging with the TRS. If Mecha remains in the TDP, then the party will continue to have its presence in the assembly,” KTR reportedly told Sandra.
That is precisely why Sandra held several rounds of talks with Mecha to convince the latter for a merger with the TRS. But the Aswaraopet MLA is not keen on joining the TRS, as he won’t get anything in the party, while Sandra was assured of a cabinet berth.
Sandra’s anxiety is that if he remained in the TDP, he would have to face witch-hunting from the TRS government in the cash-for-vote case in which he is the accused no. 2. Moreover, a cabinet berth is worth considering.
So, he is in a hurry to join the TRS ahead of Sankranti, if Mecha agrees to his proposal!