The ruling party suffered another setback on Saturday when Congress MLA from Bobbilli, Sujay Ranga Rao, gave strong indications of switching loyalties to the YSR Congress party.
Mr. Ranga Rao, a legistator for the third term, called on honorary president of YSR Congress Mrs. Vijayamma at her Lotus Pond residence here to express solidarity with Mr. Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy whose arrest seemed imminent.
The Congress MLA flew in here from Visakhapatnam to call on Mr. Jagan but he was intercepted at the Hyderabad airport by Minister for Medical Education Kondru Murali Mohan and an aide of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy. They tried hard to prevail upon him to drop plans to meet YSR Congress leaders and even made him speak to the Chief Minister.
Mr. Ranga Rao was, however, unwilling to oblige and reportedly stated that he was given a short shrift by the Congress leadership in spite of being a senior MLA. His association with YSR Congress leaders comes as a big embarrassment to APCC president Botcha Satyanarayana as Mr. Ranga Rao hails from his native Vizianagaram district.