Sugavasi family likely to join Jagan’s YSRC
Kadapa: The Telugu Desam (TD) in Kadapa has received a big jolt as news is that senior leader and former MP Sugavasi Palakondrayudu and his son former Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Board member Sugavasi Prasad Babu are likely to join the YSR Congress. According to sources, YSRC Rajampeta MP Mithun Reddy is willing to receive them into the party fold. Mr Palakondrayudu and Mr Mithun are very close associates outside politics also.
Mr Palakondrayudu was elected four times as MLA and once for Parliament. He is a senior leader among the non-Reddy communities in the Rajampeta parliamentary constituency as well as in Rayalaseema. Mr Palakondrayudu belongs to the Balija community. The YSR Congress has no senior leader from this community in the Rajampeta parliamentary constituency.
Mr Palakondrayudu has been in politics since 1978. He is known to protect his group strongly. Mr Palakondrayudu was first elected as a legislature from the Rayachoti constituency in 1978 as Janata party candidate. In 1983 he was elected as an independent and as TD candidate in 1999 and 2004. At 75, he is a ferocious leader in Rayachoti and has a large base of his own cadre.
His son Sugavasi Prasad Babu has been leading his father’s group for the last few years. Mr Prasad Babu, a science graduate, turned politician actively participates in Rayachoti politics. He expected a TD ticket to fight the 2019 General elections. But the TD high command announced R. Ramesh Kumar Reddy as their aspirant. Prasad Babu’s group became dissidents. However, party chief Chandrababu Naidu assured to appoint him as party-in-charge in Rayachoti constituency after elections. Mr Prasad Babu’s group alleged that the TD had ignored the promises made to Mr Prasad Babu and the TD district president is involved in all the constituency-level party activities as an active in-charge. Mr Prasad Babu was waiting for a better offer from other parties. YSRC leaders approached Mr Prasad Babu to join the party. It is learnt that the YSRC had approached Mr Prasad Babu to join the party even before the elections; however, the father-son duo did not take any decision at that time. If the government enhances the Assembly constituencies, Lakkireddypalli which was merged into Rayachoti a long time ago will emerge as the new Assembly constituency.
It Lakkireddypalli emerges as the new Assembly constituency, present legislature and government Chief Whip Gadikota Srikanth Reddy will return to his native constituency Lakkireddypalli. On the other hand, Rayachoti will become free to have new faces. Mr Prasad Babu’s cadre is of the opinion that they will get a chance to contest from Rayachoti.