YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy had finally found a winning horse for him from the TDP-dominated Ananthapur district. A man from the political family, Kadapala Srikanth Reddy, will be joining the YSR Congress on Wednesday.
Srikanth Reddy is the nephew of late Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, who was President of India from 1977 to 1982. Sanjeeva Reddy was one of his maternal uncles. His maternal uncle, Tarimela Nagi Reddy was a popular Communist leader and was MLA and MP who played key role in the State and national politics between 1951 and 1972. His father K V Ramakrishna Reddy was the Lok Sabha member from 1957 to 1967, while his two paternal uncles, Mulka Govardhan Reddy and T N Viswanatha Reddy were also MPs. Govardhan Reddy was a Rajya Sabha member from 1958 to 1984, while Viswanatha Reddy was a Lok Sabha member from Chittoor in 1962 and Rajampet in 1957.
Srikanth Reddy was a former Indian civil service officer serving Central Ministries of defence, communications, planning and programme implementation, food processing industries, tourism and welfare, Srikanth Reddy has wide contacts in the power corridors of Delhi.
Ananthapur district has been a strong base for the TDP with one community leaders dominating the district politics. TDP’s founder N T Rama Rao had represented the Hindupur constituency in the past, while his son and actor Nandamuri Balakrishna is representing the constituency from 2014. Late Paritala Ravindra had his word over the district politics for a decade and his family continues to enjoy the hold even today. Ananthapur was one of the districts that gave an edge to the TDP in the 2014 elections.
Srikanth’s entry into the YSR Congress would be a big jolt to the TDP in Ananthapur district politics.