There is a popular quote pertaining to politics that ‘there are no permanent friends and no permanent enemies’. But, the politics of East Godavari’s Ramachandrapuram isn’t allowing two political opponents, who are now in same party, to become friends. Since 1995, Thota Thrimurthulu and Pilli Subhash Chandrabose have been political opponents and each of them got elected for three times till now.
After contesting unsuccessfully as TDP candidate, Thota has recently joined YSRCP in presence of party chief and State Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Bose, who is the senior leader of YSR Congress party and is deputy CM, seems to unhappy with Thota joining YSRCP and he also made sensational comments on his political opponent. In a state wide sensational tonsure case, Thota Thrimurthulu was main accused for allegedly tonsuring two dalit men- Koti Chinnaraju and Dadala Venkataratnam.
Now that Thota has joined YCP, some Dalit groups have staged a protest infront of Bose’s car in Draksharamam questioning how his party has welcomed an anti-Dalit leader Thota. To pacify them, the minister stepped out of his vehicle and said: ‘Thota joining YSRCP will not make me his friend. When it comes to his case, government will do what it has to do as per law. Several leaders enter and exit the party, but Thota will always remain to be my enemy.’