Looking to sweep local body elections at any cost, the ruling YSRCP is trying to capture mayors’ posts across the state. The leaders have also become alert in this regard. However, in some places the party faces a difficult situation as it confronts its own leaders for the posts of mayors. Key leaders are looking to show their domination and ensure that their loyalists get the posts of mayors. In the process, a tough battle is on within YSRCP for the few posts of mayors. Coming to Vijayawada, at least four leaders are fighting for the post of mayor.
Central MLA Malladi Vishnu wants that Vijayawada mayor seat be given to a representative from his group. As the seat has been reserved for general women, he is trying to field his family members. Meanwhile, Boppana Bhava Kumar, who was defeated from Vijayawada East constituency in the previous election, has been telling people that since he had lost the election the seat will be allotted to him. He is currently president of the city unit of YSRCP. He has sacrificed incharge position for the sake of Devineni Avinash. That’s why Bhava Kumar believes that the mayor’s post will come to his wife. Thus these two leaders are fighting with each other. There is a MLA from Central and minister himself from West but YSRCP has no posts in East. This is said by young leader Devineni Avinash who recently quit TDP to join YSRCP. That’s why he urged the leadership to give the post of mayor to his supporter. While this being the fight among the three, West constituency MLA cum minister Velampalli Srinivas is trying to demonstrate his domination.
As part of this he is trying to install his woman supporter in mayor’s chair. He is said to have began the search for a woman of his caste. All in all, the internal fight in the ruling party for the post of Vijayawada mayor is at its peak. Looking at the three constituencies in the city, YSRCP is somewhat strong in the West constituency. It is not easy for YSRCP candidates in Central and East constituencies to win majority of corporators’ seats against TDP.