Minister for Water Resources, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, looks worried these days because of the candidate to be fielded against him in the next election at Mylavaram constituency in Krishna district. An undisputed leader from the day one of his entry into politics in 1999 following the death of his brother Devineni Venkata Ramana, Devineni Uma had been winning every election. He won twice from Nandigama, 1999 and 2004, and twice from Mylavaram in 2009 and 2014.
This time, he is fitted against strong young leader Vasantha Krishna Prasad, son of Telugu Desam Party’s former home minister Vasantha Nageswara Rao. Krishna Prasad was his rival in his first election in 1999, but had lost the battle. In the first election, both Umamaheswara Rao and Krishna Prasad were young, but the party wave had helped Uma to win the battle.
After the 1999 defeat Krishna Prasad had gone back to his business and was playing low profile in politics, unlike his father. Though joined the Telugu Desam Party sometime after the 2004 elections, he remained silent till he joined the YSR Congress this year. He replaced former MLA Jogi Ramesh as the incharge of Mylavaram constituency posing a greater threat to Devineni Uma’s prospects this time.
Being in the ruling party, Devineni Uma is leaving no stone unturned to snub his rival and the latest controversy is the video tapes of his father and former minister Vasantha Nageswara Rao’s conversation with a village officer over the flexies removal row. The VO had removed the flexi hoardings of Krishna Prasad, which had prompted Nageswara Rao to call the VO and caution him. This audio tape had gone viral in the social media for which the Chief Minister reacted sharply and condemned it. A police case was also registered against Nageswara Rao for the alleged threat.
But, Nageswara Rao took strong exception to the TDP twisting his telephone conversation with the VO, who is known to him for some years. He saw the audio tape and the police case as the conspiracy by the ruling TDP against the rivals and said he would face any challenge. He said he had never resorted to such criminal politics in his long career and went on to say that places like Nandigama and Mylavaram have seen criminal politics only with the entry of the Devineni family.
The row now continues and people say that Devineni Umamaheswara Rao is a bit worried about the serious fight that Vasantha Krishna Prasad is giving him in the Mylavaram constituency this time. The case against Krishna Prasad’s father is the indication of the Minister’s fear of losing the next election.