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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