The shocking development took place within hours of party president and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu announcing his candidature for Nellore (Rural) assembly constituency.
According to party sources, Adala intensely lobbied for the party ticket and got his name cleared for the Nellore (rural) assembly seat well ahead of the announcement of the list of 126 names by Naidu on Thursday night.
At the same time, he also used his influence with Naidu to get his pending bills worth Rs 43 crore for various contracts he had done.
On Friday morning, Adala launched his party campaign in Nellore. By afternoon, he got a message on mobile phone that the amount of Rs 43 crore for the pending bills was credited to his account.
He immediately cut short his campaign and disappeared from the scene, stating that he had got an urgent call from Naidu and that he was going to Amaravati.
But Adala did not reach Amaravati and went into hiding. He switched off his phone and remained unavailable to any senior leader.
Even as the party workers were in a state of confusion as to where Adala had gone, his followers suddenly started withdrawing all his posters, banners and cut-outs at his residence and other parts of the constituency.
It was then the TDP leaders had realised that Adala had cheated the party. Inquiries revealed that he had already been in touch with the YSR Congress party and had got an assurance for the YSRC ticket for Nellore parliamentary seat.
But he had stayed back in the TDP and waited till he got the money into account and soon after it happened, he disappeared from the scene and is getting prepared to join the YSRC!
That is politics!
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