Industrialist-turned- Telugu Desam Party MLA from Guntur (West) Modugula Venugopala Reddy is said to be contemplating quitting the party to join the YSR Congress party sooner than later.According to party sources, Modugula is one of the 40 MLAs, whom TDP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is likely to deny assembly tickets in the next elections.In most of the surveys conducted by the Naidu government, Modugula is learnt to have got very least marks. So, in all probability, he might not get the ticket again.
That is precisely why Modugula is expected to join the YSR Congress party. He reportedly got in touch with YSRC president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy through his brother-in-law Ayodhya Rami Reddy of Ramky Group of Industries and got the clearance for joining the party.
In fact, Modugula was also one of the promoters of Ramky Group and a director in it and had been closer to late chief minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy. That way, he also became closer to Jagan. But, he preferred to continue in the TDP for his business interests. Very recently, Modugula got a big contract for his infrastructure company in Bengaluru.
During the 2014 bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, Modugula raised his voice against the division and had even received body blows from the Congress leaders on the day of passing the bifurcation bill.Yet, he feels he has not enough recognition from the TDP leadership. His name was never considered for the cabinet post. That is why, he has taken a decision to join the YSRC.
Sources say he might resign from the MLA post before joining the YSRCP.