Political divide between two brothers?

Last chief minister of undivided state, Kiran Kumar Reddy finally returned to Congress party. He joined the party in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi. Congress party is trying to regain the lost glory in the state or at least save the party’s prestige. For this it is inviting to the party fold, leaders with credibility. As part of this Kiran Kumar Reddy was also invited to join the party. After several rounds of talks and negotiations, Kiran agreed to return to the party. He said he will fulfill any task to be given to him by the party and will do his best to bring Congress party under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi to power at the Centre. A debate has begun and doubts are being expressed over Kiran Kumar Reddy’s family politics and the politics of his constituency.

Before the last elections, Kiran quit the Congress party, floated a new party called Jai Samaikhyandhra, contested the elections but lost. However, he personally did not enter the electoral fray. From his own constituency Pileru in Chittoor district, he fielded his brother Nallari Kishore Kumar Reddy. Nallari family has good grip over the constituency. That’s the reason despite the party candidates losing deposits across the state, in Pileru Krishore Kumar Reddy secured 56,636 votes to finish second. YSRCP candidate Chintala Ramchandra Reddy defeated him by 15,000 votes. TDP had to contend with the third position. Whether it was his own decision or on the suggestion of his elder brother, Kishor Kumar Reddy joined the TDP last year. Initially he thought of joining YSRCP but since sitting MLA was from YSRCP and Nallari family had differences with that party’s key leader Peddireddy Ramchandra Reddy, he joined TDP. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu too gave him priority by rewarding with a nominated post.

In the coming election Kishore Kumar Reddy is very likely to contest from Pileru as a TDP candidate. Since Kiran Kumar was so far not associated with any party, all believed that younger brother had his support. Now that Kiran has joined Congress party, the question doing the rounds is whether he will continue to support his younger brother or not. If Kiran Kumar Reddy is to contest the elections, he may have to contest from Pileru as he has the hold in this constituency. If this happens, will the fight between two brothers be inevitable? Or will he bring younger brother into Congress? If Kiran stays away from contest, will he support younger brother contesting on TDP ticket? All these questions are being debated. Since this is TDP chief’s home district and YSRCP is also strong here, this seat will be key for all parties. Will the younger brother win without support from elder brother? There is also a question mark on whether Chandrababu will give him ticket. Kiran has said that he had advised his brother not to join TDP and that joining TDP was his personal decision. Overall, it looks that a political divide has come between two brothers.

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