What is giving jitters to TDP is the talk that at least four of its legislators from Krishna district in coastal Andhra, one of its strongholds, are on the verge of exit from party to join YSRC.
In neighbouring Guntur district too, a couple of TDP MLAs are on the probable defectors’ list.
TDP MLA from Mantralayam, Balanagi Reddy, still remains loyal to Jagan and his switching over to YSRC could just be a formality.
It’s not Jagan’s popularity alone that is prompting the Congress and the TDP MLAs to look towards YSRC.
The political dynamics in different districts, caste equations, faction politics within a party and one-upmanship (leading to sidelining of certain leaders) are some of the main reasons for some legislators and senior leaders to seek greener pastures.
In YSRC, they see an opportunity to grow along with the party. Hence, the rush to cross over.