Ganta’s political journey continues
Ganta Srinivasa Rao, the sitting MLA from Visakhapatnam North constituency, is once again in the news. This time, too, like several times in the past, the news is about his change of party, or his political affiliation.
A sitting MLA from the opposition TDP, Ganta Srinivasa Rao is all set to take his son, Ravi Teja, to chief minister and YSR Congress party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on October 3. The father and the son are scheduled to meet the chief minister at the latter’s residence in Tadepalli. Ravi Teja, would formally join the YSR Congress in the presence of his father Srinivasa Rao and the chief minister.
Srinivasa Rao is the third MLA from the opposition TDP to take his sons to join the ruling YSR Congress. Earlier, Chirala MLA Karanam Balaramakrishna Murthy and Visakhapatnam South MLA Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar have brought their sons to join the ruling YSR Congress and distanced from the TDP.
There are two more MLAs, Vallabhaneni Vamsi Mohan from Gannavaram and Maddali Giridhar from Guntur West constituency have also met the chief minister but did not join the ruling YSR Congress. However, they have moved away from the TDP and were recognised as ‘unattached’ MLAs in the Assembly.
If Ganta Srinivasa Rao also meets the chief minister, the number of the ‘unattached’ MLAs would go up to five and the TDP’s strength would come down from 23 to 18. This would mean that the TDP would have to work hard and retain these 18 MLAs to retain the Opposition leader status to its chief Chandrababu Naidu. If one more MLA leaves, the TDP would lose the opposition tag and Chandrababu Naidu would lose the status in the Assembly.
Meanwhile, the YSR Congress would be the fourth political party in the state for Ganta Srinivasa Rao to sail with. Starting his political career with the TDP, Ganta had moved to the Praja Rajyam Party in 2009, joined the Congress with the PRP’s merger and then returned to the TDP again in 2014. He also keeps changing his constituency for every election as he changes his party.
From Chodavaram Assembly constituency to Anakapalli Assembly constituency, then to Anakapalli Lok Sabha constituency, then to Bhimili and then to Visakhapatnam North. He was also a minister both in the Congress and the TDP governments and that is the clout he enjoys in the state politics.
It is now to be seen how Ganta Srinivasa Rao would make his moves in the YSR Congress, with his son joining the party and he joining the ‘unattached MLAs’ team in the Assembly.