Several MLCs in Andhra Pradesh, particularly from the ruling Telugu Desam Party are getting ready to contest the MLA elections. Minister Somireddi Chandramohan Reddy had already quit his MLC and is getting ready to jump into the field from Sarvepalli Assembly constituency. There are others, including chief minister Chandrababu Naidu’s son and Minister for IT, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Nara Lokesh, who is now ready to be in the direct fight. Sources said that the TDP had given him a list of safe constituencies to choose, which include his father’s Kuppam in Chittoor, Penamaluru and Nuzvid in Krishna district, Mangalagiri and Ponnuru in Guntur districts. It is to be seen where this young and aspiring leader sets his eyes as he is strongly planning for a safe succession in the TDP and the government.
Minister P Narayana, who had been active player of the TDP for several years and holding the key portfolio of Urban development that handles the Amaravati capital, is also planning to jump into the direct polls. He had reportedly laid his hands on the Nellore urban seat.
MLC Payyavula Kesav, who lost the 2014 elections from Uravakonda in Ananthapur district is now getting ready to try his luck from the same constituency. After his defeat there, he was brought to the Legislative Council and was made the government whip.
Former MP and MLC Magunta Srinivasula Reddy is now trying to contest the Ongole Lok Sabha constituency this time. He lost the seat in 2014 elections and subsequently won the MLC elections from Prakasham Local Bodies constituency. He is now looking at going back to the Lok Sabha from his native constituency. There are strong rumours in the State political circles that he is also looking at quitting the TDP and joining the Opposition YSR Congress to be its candidate for Ongole Lok Sabha seat.
Former minister and MLC from Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district, Ramasubba Reddy, had secured the clearance from the party chief to contest the Assembly elections. There are others like Karanam Balaram, Pothula Suneetha from Chirala, Sandhyarani from Araku, who are also looking at contesting the direct elections. It is to be seen how Chandrababu Naidu would accommodate these leaders as he is already having tough time to accommodate the sitting members.