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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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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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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