Vallabhaneni Vamsi, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA of the Gannavaram Assembly constituency quit the party and tendered his resignation as a legislator on Sunday. MLA Vamsi met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday at his residence reportedly to discuss issues of his constituency. On Sunday, the legislator sent a letter to the TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu informing him that he intends to quit politics to “safeguard” the public.
He stated this in a letter to TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu.”I had the satisfaction of doing commendable and unparalleled public service as a legislator. Now, having been elected again as a legislator, me, my associates and followers are in neck-deep trouble due to the vindictive attitude of local YSR Congress incharge and partisan attitude of some government employees,” he said in the letter.
Nine days before his resignation, MLA was booked by the Hanuman junction police for distributing house sites with the forged signature of the tahsildar on land registration documents. He was accused of giving these documents to the public in exchange for votes. He has denied having committed any wrongdoing. However, complaint was given by the Bapulapadu mandal Tahsildar, Narasimha Rao.
Meanwhile, YSRCP’s Gannavaram in charge, Yarlagadda Venkat Rao, who lost the May election, strongly opposed plans to induct Vamsi into the ruling party. “For five years as an MLA, Vamsi harassed our party cadre no end. Hundreds of police cases were foisted on them. How can we allow such a person into the party now?” Venkat Rao asked. Venkat Rao said he would discuss the issue with YSRCP Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy.