New Delhi / Hyderabad, Feb.15 (NSS): Will the ensuing by-elections to Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula Assembly constituencies turn into a family war among the late chief minister YSR’s kin?
This question assumed importance in the wake of Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Minister, Mr Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy, who is the younger brother of late YSR, trying to shoulder the onus of ensuring victory of Congress nominees in the prestigious by-elections.
As part of the strategy to take on the former Kadapa MP, Mr Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, in his own home turf, in the battle royal Mr Vivekananda Reddy is diligently moving his pawns to secure the Congress ticket for his son-in-law, Mr N. Rajasekhara Reddy, to contest from the Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency.
As part of his game plan, Mr Vivekananda Reddy, accompanied by his son-in-law reached New Delhi on Tuesday morning in a bid to meet the AICC president, Ms Sonia Gandhi, and impress upon her to nominate Mr Rajasekhara Reddy to contest against Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy. As a matter of fact, during discussions with the APCC chief, Mr D. Srinivas, recently, Ms Sonia Gandhi is understood to have apprised herself of the probable candidates who could match Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy in the tough contest in Kadapa. The name of Mr Vivekananda Reddy’s son-in-law too seemed to have figured in the discussions.
In a follow-up to this exercise, Mr Vivekananda Reddy took his son-in-law to personally meet Ms Sonia Gandhi and convince her about the bright chances for the latter if the party ticket was allotted to him. Informed sources indicated that he might even offer his candidature for the Pulivendula Assembly seat to contest against his sister-in-law and late YSR’s wife, Ms Vijayalaxmi.
Meanwhile, Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy met along with his family members and supporters at the residence of his relative in Pulivendula to chalk out the strategy for the ensuing by-elections and also about the launching of his political party.
Even during the meeting of the monitoring committee of the State Congress held at Gandhi Bhavan which was attended by the PCC president, Mr Srinivas, the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, and some ministers, the by-elections seemed to have figured and the strategy to be adopted by the party to face the challenge from the Jagan camp as well as from the Telugu Desam was discussed thoroughly.
Curiously, even after the Congress-PRP merger deal, the actor-turned politician, Mr K. Chiranjeevi, too seemed to be keen on fielding his actor-brother Pavan Kalyan on the Congress ticket from Kadapa by banking on the cine glamour to woo the electorate. (NSS)