Thota, a Kapu leader from East Godavari district, joined the TDP in the presence of party chief N Chandrababu Naidu.

He is the sixth minister of the erstwhile Kiran Kumar Reddy-led Cabinet to have quit the Congress in recent days.

About two dozen Congress MLAs from Seemaandhra have also jumped over to the TDP in recent days, protesting the bifurcation of the state.

Another former colleague of Kiran, D L Ravindra Reddy of Kadapa district, also met Chandrababu here on Friday.

Ravindra Reddy said that he would be formally joining the TDP at Praja Garjana rally in Kadapa on March 25.

Meanwhile, the senior-most Congress legislator J C Diwakar Reddy of Anantapuram district is also set to join the TDP.

Another former minister S Sailajanath, who has been appointed as the vice-president of Kiran Kumar's new party Jai Samaikyaandhra, is also expected to join the TDP.


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