On a day when Gannavaram MLA Vallabhaneni Vamsi raised a banner of revolt and directly attacked him and his son Lokesh Babu, Chandrababu had another serious shock. At least 15 of his elected MLAs have skipped his protest programme in Vijayawada on the issue of sand quarrying. Of his total 23 MLAs, 15 reported absent and if these MLAs revolt, this could even be treated as a split and he would stand thoroughly isolated. What is more worrisome for Chandrababu is that even those who attended the deeksha stayed there for just few minutes before vanishing from the scene.
A shocked Chandrababu Naidu immediately called for a meeting of his party's MLAs and MLCs. The party state office called up the MLAs to tell them that this was a very important meeting and that they should not skip. Despite reminders, as many as 10 MLAs did not attend the meeting. To add to Chandrababu's woes, at least a half of the candidates who contested on the party ticket are keeping away from the party activities. There is utter demoralisation in the party cadre and the leaders.
Among the ministers, who chose to skip the meeting are Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Vasupalli Ganesh, PGVR Naidu, Anagani Satyaprasad, G Butchaiah Chowdary, Payyavula Keshav, Gadde Rammohan, Balakrishna, Bendalam Ashok and Vallabhaneni Vamsi. While Balakrishna, Butchaiah and Keshav may have skipped the meetings because of their preoccupations, there are serious doubts about the other MLAs.