The upcoming by-election for Nandyala assembly constituency, which was facilitated after the sudden demise of its sitting MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy, turns more interesting as Jagan is all set to field a strong candidate from YSRCP. It’s speculated that Jagan is likely to field senior politician, former MLA from Nandyala and former MP Gangula Prathap Reddy for Nandyala. Prathap Reddy met Jagan on Thursday evening at Lotus Pond and it’s buzzed that a formal announcement would be made soon.
A former Congress MLA, Gangula family has later maintained ties with TDP. His brother Gangula Prabhakar Reddy had contested on TDP ticket in 2014 against YSRCP’s Bhuma Nagi Reddy. The later had beaten Prabhakar Reddy and won as MLA.
However, in a change of events, Bhuma crossed to TDP and this forced Gangula family to shift their loyalties to YSR Congress. Prabhakr Reddy and a few other members of Gangula family had joined YSRCP in Feb 2017. Jagan had nominated Prabhakar Reddy as MLC in MLAs quota with in the first month of his joining.
Now his brother Gangula Prathap Reddy, who is yet to formally join YSRCP, is going to be given MLA ticket. This is now inviting flak from YSRCP leaders who have been working for party. After Bhuma quit YCP, Rajagopal Reddy has been made Nandyala constituency incharge. He is in fray for Nandyala by-election. With the sudden propping up of Prathap Reddy’s name, Rajagopal and his associates have been in a great
It’s now or never situation for YSRCP to prove its strength. And so for TDP. Given that the Gangula Vs Bhuma rivalry dates back to the ages in Kurnool district, upcoming Nandyala byelection turns interesting. Let’s wait and see. TDP is yet to decide its candidate.