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Nandamuri Balakrishna to contest from Gannavaram-Krishna District


Nandamuri Balakrishna to contest from Gannavaram-Krishna District
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In a move that could have wider political ramifications in the district, Gannavaram legislator Dasari Balavardhan Rao of TDP will soon join the governing body of Krishna District Cooperative Milk Dairy (Vijaya Dairy).

According to sources, Balavardhan would be given the new assignment to keep him away from the Gannavaram assembly segment. In all likelihood, film star Nandamuri Balakrishna, brother-in-law of TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu will make his political entry from Gannavaram constituency, considered to be a Kamma stronghold in the district. Balakrishna has already expressed his eagerness to contest in the coming elections but has been on the lookout for a winnable seat.

Sources said Balaiah might prefer to contest assembly election to Lok Sabha and probably opt for the Gannavaram seat if Naidu gives his nod. Sources said Naidu was reportedly considering fielding Balaiah somewhere from the coastal districts to polarize caste votes given that the next elections would be a do-or-die battle for Naidu as well as his party in the state.

Gannavaram is considered a ‘safe’ seat for Balaiah as Balavardhan Rao had won it by almost 10 per cent majority over his Congress rival. Congress has no formidable leader in this segment after M V Rao’s defeat in 2009 elections. Meanwhile, Rao along with Vemuri Rathnagiri Rao and Nekkala Vanisri remained in the fray for election of three directors of the dairy after six other candidates withdrew their papers on Monday.

A formal announcement on the election of all the three would be made on September 20. Sources said Balavardhan’s entry into the governing body was aimed at dethroning the powerful incumbent chairman Mandava Janakiramaiah, also a TDP leader. Although, Janakiramaiah had survived such coups by the rival group within the party twice in the past, it seems that his days at the helm are numbered as Chandrababu Naidu reportedly asking him to pass on the mantle to his successor gracefully.

In fact, Janakiramaiah fielded his own panel for the elections even before Naidu directed both the groups to reach a consensus on the candidates, two days ago.