Nara Lokesh Ready To Take Charge As Naidu Prepares For US Visit

IT Minister Lokesh is said to be getting ready to ascertain his position in the Cabinet as his father and CM Naidu is heading for US tour on May 3.

Amaravati: The young Minister in AP Cabinet, Nara Lokesh, seems to be unable to wait for his turn to ascertain his position in the State government and the politics. Having started to speak on the election strategies too, Lokesh is on a fast track to take over the reins from his father.

The scheduled 10-day tour of Chandrababu Naidu, which is to begin from May 3, seems to be an opportunity on hand for this aspiring leader to establish his authority. He had already established his power in the party by being incharge of its membership programme and in his capacity as national general secretary. Now, having stepped into the Cabinet from the Legislative Council, the future leader of the State is set to get things under his control.

The absence of Chandrababu Naidu from the State politics and governance for 10 days is seen as an opportunity for Lokesh to get control over the administration. In all likelihood, Chandrababu Naidu is also said to leave a word with the senior Babus and Ministers to be in touch with Lokesh for any important decision to be taken in his absence. This is seen as a golden opportunity for this young leader to prove his metal and establish his power.

Lokesh had already won over a handful of Cabinet Ministers and 50 per cent of the legislators since his elevation as Minister on April 2. Senior Ministers like Nimmakayala Chinarajappa are in his favour now. Of the two deputy chief ministers, he had already won Chinarajappa and is yet to win over K E Krishna Murthy. Though he is not ready to touch senior minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Lokesh had established his authority over Ministers like Prathipati Pulla Rao, Nakka Ananda Babu, Siddha Raghava Rao, Kollu Ravindra, Sujayakrishna Ranga Rao, K S Jawahar and Kala Venkata Rao. The other Ministers like Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Pithani Satyanarayana and Kalava Srinivasulu are in his favour.

These 10 days are seen as a golden opportunity for him to bend Ministers like S Chandramohan Reddy, Atchannaidu, Ayyannapatrudu and Paritala Sunitha in his favour. It is to be seen how the young leader Lokesh makes use of the absence of his father for the next 10 days.

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