Nandyal By-poll, Acid Test For Lokesh

Nara Lokesh faces a challenge in the by-poll for nandyala assembly seat. It is a challenge as well as an opportunity for him.

Hyderabad: Nandyala By-election to be held shortly is certainly going to be an acid test for Nara Lokesh who has been elevated as second-in-command  in TDP Party and Government after CM Naidu. The by-election became necessary after sitting legislator Bhuma Nagi Reddy died recently.

Challenged by opposition party YSRCP to get the people’s mandate by getting the TDP candidate elected from Nandyala, the ruling party is leaving no stone unturned. It has become a major responsibility for Lokesh to make TDP win  here and prove his strategical skills. A senior party leader recently remarked that if necessary TDP will field Lokesh in Pulivendula against YS Jagan. To add strength to this comment, Lokesh should prove his ability in making TDP’s candidate win in Nandyala by-poll.

Lokesh who has not been received well by people of AP and his skills as a Minister are yet to be tested, this  election will stamp a mark on Lokesh’s political career.

Until now Naidu felt it will be a smooth ride with sympathy wave which will benefit the party. But controversies within the party after Bhuma’s death and the demand for party ticket to Brahmananda Reddy leaving Shilpa Mohan reddy aside, will have its effect on people’s mind, in spite of sympathy for Bhuma’s family.

Lokesh, who is being compared with Telangana CM KCR’s son KTR, will try hard to prove himself worthy of the faith reposed in him by his father. Nandyala by-poll offers the young scion his first challenge and opportunity.

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Nandyal By-Poll: Kala Confers With Shilpa, Akhila, SPY Reddy

TDP AP unit chief and Minister K Kalavenkata Rao held a meeting with the Kurnool district leaders on naming the candidate for the Nandyal Assembly by-election.

Amaravati: The ruling Telugu Desam Party had initiated exercise to iron out differences over the candidature for the by-election to the Nandyal Assembly constituency. TDP AP unit president and Minister for Energy K Kalavenkata Rao held a meeting with the leaders of Kurnool district on Saturday. Minister for Tourism Bhuma Akhila Priya, her family rival, Silpa Mohan Reddy and Nandyal MP S P Y Reddy were present during the initial talks with Kalavenkata Rao.

While Akhila Priya claimed the seat for her family as it was held by her father Bhuma Nagi Reddy who died of cardiac arrest recently, Silpa Mohan Reddy wants the seat for him as he had contested the seat in the 2014 elections. Both Bhuma and Silpa families are staking claim for the seat and seem to be reluctant to come to terms. While Mohan Reddy is firm on contesting the by-election and had even declared it, Akhila Priya quotes the existing practice of giving the seat to the family members of the deceased leader.

Kalavenkata Rao who had given a patient hearing to the aspirants sought to impress upon them that the interests of the party were above the personal interests and requested them to be prepared to accept what the party president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu decides.

The leaders would meet Chandrababu Naidu late tonight or early on Sunday where the party chief is set to iron out the differences.

Meanwhile, the TDP in Kurnool district stood as a divided house with the leaders staking claim for the Nandyal seat. While the rift between Bhuma and Silpa families continue for the seat, former minister N Md Farooq had jumped into the race staking his claim. Farooq had won the seat in 1989 and 1994, and was a Minister in the TDP government. Silpa Mohan Reddy had won the seat twice, 2004 and 2009 on the Congress ticket while Bhuma Nagi Reddy had won the seat in 2014 on YSR Congress ticket. Dismissing the claims of both Silpa and Bhuma families on the ground that neither of them won as the TDP candidates in the elections, Farooq is mounting pressure on the party leadership to give him a chance this time. It was only in 2014 that Silpa Mohan Reddy contested the election here on the TDP ticket, but lost the election.

Even as these leaders are fighting for the seat, Nandyal MP S P Y Reddy who had won the seat in 2014 on YSR Congress ticket and later switched over to the TDP had reportedly opposed the candidature of Silpa Mohan Reddy. He had even told the party leaders that he would not work for the party if Mohan Reddy is given the ticket. Though the Bhuma family is now with the TDP, Nagi Reddy’s elder brother’s son, Brahmananda Reddy had raised a banner of revolt.

Brahmananda Reddy is the son of Bhuma Sekhar Reddy, a TDP MLA from Allagadda Assembly constituency in 1989. Sekhar Reddy’s sudden death in 1992 had brought Nagi Reddy into direct politics as his successor and now Brahmananda Reddy stakes claim for the legacy. He had already told the TDP leadership that the Bhuma family would not support the party candidate if the seat is not given to the family. Besides Brahmananda Reddy, Minister Akhila Priya’s sister Mounika Reddy is also said to be trying her luck through her sister.

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Will It Be Cakewalk For TDP In Nandyala?

With the buzz that Shilpa Mohan Reddy’s name is finalised for Nandyala by-poll, the election is set to become interesting, as the disappointed faction of Bhuma might refuse to cooperate with Shilpa.

Amaravati: Nandyala Assembly constituency is turning out to be a big problem for Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. With two warring factions in the party, it’s not going to be an easy win for the party.

With former minister Shilpa Mohan Reddy’s name almost finalised as a candidate for Nandyala by-election, will the election be a triangular fight (with Bhuma’s faction fighting against Shilpa) or would it be a fight between TDP and YSRCP? Many observers feel that it might become a murky fight as the disappointed Bhuma faction would not cooperate with Shilpa Mohan Reddy, who insisted on fighting from the Nandyala seat.

Since sitting MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy passed away recently, the family is expecting the seat. There were rumours that either Bhuma’s younger daughter or his nephew would be contesting from the seat. With a strong political background of the family in the region, plus the sympathy factor, it would have been a cakewalk for them.

However, Shilpa became the spoiler by threatening Naidu that he would join YSRCP or contest as an independent and gave him no choice except to opt for him. As Naidu also did not want to strengthen Bhuma’s family in the district, he finally yielded to Shilpa’s demand.

Now, the point is, will the antagonised faction cooperate with the party candidate? It has become a tradition in India that when a sitting legislator passes away, the seat is given to the family member. Hence, it becomes an emotional issue and the party would easily retain its seat. Now that the tradition is not followed, how far will Akhila’s faction help in Shilpa’s win? Naidu has deputed his son Nara Lokesh to oversee the Nandyala by-election. A novice to politics, will Lokesh be able to get the two parties together to work?

On the top of it, YSRCP has already announced that it would field its candidate for the Nandyala seat. In this context, the chances of the party to win have only increased. As the two factions in the ruling party are hostile to each other, and the hurt Bhuma faction might not work for the victory of Shilpa, YSRCP stands fair chance. The recent Municipal Council meeting is one big example to show how Akhila Priya is bent upon to demonstrate her dominance. She started the meeting much before the  Municipal Chairperson came. This angered Shilpa’s faction.

Such signs only highlight the fact that the friction between the two factions is not abated.

Is Naidu doing a wise thing by opting for Shilpa is the question that is being posed by many.

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Succumbing To Silpa’s Pressure Naidu Snubs Akhila Priya

AP Chief Minister Naidu is understood to have prevailed upon Akhila Priya to leave Nandyala by-election issue to him, convinces Akhila not to announce candidate from her family.

Amaravati: Machiavellian politician, Chandrababu Naidu, finally silenced the Bhuma family for the Nandyala by-election, while continuing the suspense over the candidature.

Minister for Tourism Bhuma Akhila Priya was scheduled to announce the candidate from her family to contest the Nandyal by-election on Monday, the death anniversary of her mother Sobha Nagi Reddy. The young minister had hinted at making the announcement in Allagadda and claimed that the Nandyala seat belonged to their family. In hours after her statement, Silpa Mohan Reddy met Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada last week and declared his candidature for the by-election. He wanted the party chief to endorse his candidature.

Caught in a piquant situation, the TDP supremo Naidu is having tough time to decide on the candidature for the by-election. Perhaps, this is for the first time Naidu is not given a chance to decide on the candidature for any election and keep people guessing till the last minute.

As the Opposition YSR Congress is also equally firm on contesting the election as the party had won the seat in the 2014 elections, Naidu is looking into every aspect to win the seat. Victory here is equally important for both the parties and thus the fight is set to be a real battle.

Naidu is having tough time in selecting the candidates with Bhuma family and Silpa family staking claim for the seat. The former minister N Md Farooq too had joined the race as it was held by him twice in the past. The Nandyal MP S P Y Reddy who had defected to the TDP immediately after the 2014 elections is now lobbying with the TDP against Silpa Mohan Reddy. He had reportedly told the party leadership that he would not work for Mohan Reddy if ticket is given to him. Former Minister Farooq and his supporters too are not ready to back Silpa’s candidature.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy, nephew of Akhila Priya had decided to contest the elections if ticket is denied to the Bhuma family. The supporters of the Bhuma family are mounting pressure on the family to fight the elections as a mark of protest for denial of ticket to the family.

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Nandyala Is Our Seat, Claims Akhila Priya

Bhuma Nagi Reddy’s daughter and Minister Akhila Priya claimed that she would name the candidate for Nandyala by-poll on April 24, the death anniversary of Sobha Nagi Reddy.

Amaravati: Minister for Tourism, Bhuma Akhila Priya, on Wednesday broke the silence by staking claim to the Nandyala Assembly seat, which was represented by her father Bhuma Nagi Reddy.

In a brief interaction with the media persons during her inspection to the prestigious Bhavani Island, Akhila Priya said her family would announce the name of the candidate for the Nandyala by-election on April 24, the death anniversary of her mother Sobha Nagi Reddy. With this assertion of Akhila Priya, the Nandyala Assembly seat is generating greater heat in the State politics.

The Bhuma family, which has been silent to the claims by Silpa family for the seat, had finally come out in open to stake its claim and assert its position on the seat. The Silpa family had already launched a battle for the seat in the Telugu Desam Party with Silpa Mohan Reddy demanding the seat. He had even issued a threat to the TDP leadership that he would join the YSR Congress and contest as a YCP candidate or as independent if TDP denied ticket to him.

Mohan Reddy had told his supporters that he would meet Chief Minister Naidu in Amaravati late this week or early next week. The Silpa brothers are firm on contesting the seat as the TD had compensated the Bhuma family for the death of Nagi Reddy by taking Akhila Priya into the Cabinet. Though Silpa family is already compensated by giving MLC seat to Silpa Chakrapani Reddy, the family is firm on contesting the seat.

Meanwhile, former minister, N Md Farooq, who had won the seat twice in the past (1994 and 1999) is asking for the seat this time. Having compensated the Bhuma family with Cabinet berth for Akhila Priya and Silpa family with MLC seat to Chakrapani Reddy, the TDP chief is looking at fielding Farooq and giving the representation to the Muslim community.

However, it is to be seen how Naidu would handle this toughest fight for supremacy in the Rayalaseema politics.

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Akhila Takes Charge As Minister: Will It Cost Her Nandyal Seat?

With Bhooma Akhila Priya taking charge as Minister, can Naidu convince her to leave Nandhyala seat to Shilpa?

Amaravati: The youngest MLA in Chandrababu Naidu’s Cabinet Bhooma Akhila Priya formally took charge as Minister for Tourism, Telugu language and Culture on Friday. She was sworn in as Minister in the first week of this month. She has done something which her late father could not achieve during his lifetime.

But the question is, does this have implications on Nandhyal elections? As her father, late Bhooma Nagi Reddy passed away last month, the seat lies vacant and a by-election is due. While Bhooma’s family is confident that, someone from their family would be announced as the candidate, former minister Shilpa Mohan Reddy is hell bent on contesting from this seat. He, in fact, issued an ultimatum to Naidu that if he is not given the seat, either he would contest as an independent or defect to another party.

As the YSRCP had already announced that it would field a candidate in Nandhyal, letting a person like Shilpa loose might cost the Telugu Desam Party dearly. He can affect the chances of TDP candidate just by contesting as an independent also.

Though his brother is made an MLC, Shilpa is not in a mood to relent. On the top of it, he being a cash rich person, Naidu might not want him to leave the party dejected.

The question is, can Naidu convince Akhila to leave the seat to Shilpa for the sake of the party? True, Akhila Priya is a novice in politics. But she comes from a family that has a strong political background. Her maternal and paternal side of the family is all involved in politics for decades. In this context, will she act with maturity and allow the allocation of the seat to Shilpa who is a political rival of her father is to be seen.

For the past few days, Shilpa Mohan Reddy also stopped issuing statements regarding the seat. Does his silence mean he was assured of the seat? At any cost, Naidu will not want to let Nandhyal seat go from his hold. He just got a chance to break the dominance of Bhooma family over the region. At the same time, he needs to tread carefully, as the family is quite influential in the area. Any adverse step will anger the followers of the family, particularly of Nagi Reddy.

How will Naidu solve this internal bickering is interesting to watch. Given his political experience, he would not take a wrong decision. He cannot afford.

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Clamour Grows Loud And strong for Nandyal Assembly Seat

While the Bhooma faction is claiming that someone from their party would contest, former minister Shilpa Mohan Reddy is not ready to relent.

Hyderabad: Clamour for Nandyal assembly seat which fell vacant with the death of Bhooma Nagireddy is growing stronger day by day. With the former housing minister Shilpa Mohan Reddy, determined to contest from the seat, things appear to get murkier in Telugu Desam Party.  Infighting already started in the party over the seat. According to sources, if TDP doesn’t allocate him the seat, Shilpa Mohan Reddy might defect into other party or might contest as an independent.

Already, the YSR Congress Party president announced that they would be fielding their candidate in the by-elections. Although, it is a tradition that when a sitting legislator passes away, no other party generally fields its candidates so as to allow his successor win easily. But, given the events that took place after the death of Bhooma in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and the criticism Jagan faced, it can be considered natural that he made a decision to field a candidate.

The Bhooma faction is claiming that it is a member of their family that is going to contest in the election, Shilpa Mohanreddy is literally threatening CM Naidu that if he is not allotted the seat, he is giving indications that he would not hesitate to defect to another party (read YSRCP).  claiming that it is only Allagadda which belongs to Bhooma family, he is making it very clear that Nandyal is his. He also organised a meeting with his followers and workers. Asserting that the TDP will lose the seat if Naidu allocates it to Bhooma family, Shilpa is making preparations for the contest. However, the Nandyal leaders of YSRCP are not too happy with the turn of events.

Even the Telugu Desam party doesn’t appear very enthusiastic about allocating Shilpa the seat, as he lost to Bhooma earlier. Above all, there is a lot of sympathy towards Bhooma family due to the untimely and sudden death of Nagireddy. Another factor for Naidu hesitating to allocate the seat is that Mohan Reddy is considered as a political rival of Bhooma.

Before the controversy between two Reddy leaders in Kadapa is resolved, the storm in Nandyal has become a headache to the high command

 

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Nandyal By-Poll – A Big War On The Cards

Akhila Priya is now a Minister in the TDP Cabinet in the State and hence the TDP claims the seat, while the YSR Congress,

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Amaravati: The Nandyal by-election to be held sometime later has all the potential to be the biggest war fought in any election in the recent years. The by-election is necessary as sitting legislator Bhuma Nagi Reddy died recently. Nagi Reddy, who was elected on the YSR Congress ticket had defected to the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) along with his daughter Akhila Priya in his last days. Akhila Priya is now a Minister in the TDP Cabinet in the State and hence the TDP claims the seat, while the YSR Congress, which had won it in 2014 stakes its claim of ownership. Given this situation, it is not going to be a unanimous election as being followed in the State politics in case of death of a sitting MLA. Added to this, the TDP is planning to field an outsider from the Bhuma Nagi Reddy family, which would give scope for the Opposition parties to field their candidates. The parties have been leaving the seat only in a case where the family member of the sitting MLA is in the race.

As the controversy over defection of 21 MLAs from the YSR Congress to the ruling TDP and the subsequent elevation of four legislators as Cabinet Ministers gaining momentum, the election has the potential to display the Rayalaseema nature of a battle. It would be mostly between the loyalists of the Bhuma family on the TDP ticket and the Gangula family on the YSR Congress ticket. The two families have strong base in the Rayalaseema region, particularly in Kurnool district. While the TDP is set to go for the polls using its strength and advantages of being in power, the Opposition YSR Congress is flexing its muscles to prove that defections are unconstitutional and their mass base is intact in the region.

The YSR Congress is also riding on the success of the MLC elections held for the Teachers and Graduates constituencies in the region recently where the party candidate and its supported candidates winning all the four seats. The ruling TDP candidates have lost in all the four constituencies spread over the four districts of Rayalaseema and Nellore and Prakasam districts outside. In 2014 elections, out of 14 Assembly seats in Kurnool district, the YSR Congress had won leaving just three seats to the ruling TDP. The TDP had won Banaganapalle, Pattikonda and Yemmiganur constituencies. However, it could engineer defections and now enjoys the support of MLAs from Allagadda, Srisailam, Kurnool, Kodumur and Nandyal. The TDP is now confident of winning the Nandyal seat with the support of these legislators, particularly the families of Bhuma and Silpa family.

 

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