Recently, a senior Telugu Desam Party leader and ex-Ramachandrapuram MLA Thota Trimurthulu joined YSRCP in the presence of CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. His joining into the YSR Congress party has shocked the Telugu Desam Party. Known as a strongman in East Godavari district, Thota Trimurthulu in an interview promo with a program of Mukha Mukhi with TV9 Jaffar has defended his statement joining into the ruling YSRCP. Thota Trimurthulu has ruled out the allegation that he joined YSRCP to save his skin from some charges against him. He has also cleared the rumors of differences with Pilli Subhas Chandra Bose, the present state revenue minister.