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