Nandyal By-poll, Acid Test For Lokesh
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.