Reluctant Silpa Mohan Reddy Pressurises Naidu
Amaravati: Senior Telugu Desam Party leader from Kurnool district, Silpa Mohan Reddy, had refused to change his plans of contesting the Nandyal by-election. He refused to heed to the advice of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and declared that his contest is a must and there would be no change in his stand. Mohan Reddy and his brother Chakrapani Reddy met Naidu and briefed him of their plans on the Nandyal Assembly by-election.
Though Mohan Reddy and Chakrapani Reddy agreed to follow the advice of Naidu to wait for some more days and give him a chance to sort out, they expected Naidu to take a decision in their favour. They further reiterated that Mohan Reddy would contest the by-election and it was left for the TDP to see whether he would be the party candidate or Independent. The Silpa brothers are upset with Minister Bhuma Akhila Priya announcing that their family would name the candidate for the by-election on April 24, the death anniversary of her mother Sobha Nagi Reddy. This announcement by Akhila Priya is seen as an open challenge to the Silpa family’s supremacy in the Kurnool district.
Sources in the TDP said that Chandrababu Naidu had offered to give Legislative Council chairman post to Chakrapani Reddy and compensate Mohan Reddy in another form. It is said that Mohan Reddy had welcomed the Chief Minister’s offer to make his brother Council Chairman, but refused to withdraw his claim for the Assembly seat.
The TDP sources said that Naidu was exploring the merits of giving the party ticket to former Minister Md Farooq keeping both Bhuma and Silpa families out of the race, as a compromise. But, he is also equally worried about the party’s victory here as Silpa family might join the Opposition YSR Congress or disturb the TDP vote bank by contesting as Independent. Naidu is confident of convincing Akhila Priya from the Bhuma family to be loyal to the party, but he is also not sure how the young leader Akhila can handle the loyalists of her fami