Chandrabanu Naidu faces dissidence in ticket allotment

The pressure on him is so high that he had to shift his own son Nara Lokesh to Mangalagiri seat from Bheemunipatnam after Lokesh had begun some ground work.

By Author  |  AP Bureau  |  Published: 14th Mar 2019  8:34 pm
Chandrababu Naidu
File photo of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu

Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is bowing to pressure if the manner in which he is changing allotment to party tickets to candidates is any indication.

The pressure on him is so high that he had to shift his own son Nara Lokesh to Mangalagiri seat from Bheemunipatnam after Lokesh had begun some ground work.

Sribharat, Grandson of late former MP from Visakhapatnam MVVS Murthy, aspired ticket for Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha seat. But he was initially denied the ticket as Chandrababu Naidu did not want to field him and Lokesh from the same constituency since both belong to the same family and HRD Minister Ganta Srinivassa Rao was given ticket from Vizag Parliamentary constituency.

Then, the upset Sribharat increases the pressure on the party’s chief through Balakrishna who met the Chief Minister in Amaravati seeking Vizag ticket for his younger son-in-law for which Naidu had to oblige incidentally and shifting his son Lokesh to Mangalagiri.

Moreover, the TDP supremo also replaced Minister Jawahar with V Anitha, siiting MLA of Payakaraopeta of Visakhapatnam after yielding to the pressure from the party cadre of Kovvuru. Jawahar was shifted to Tiruvuru despite no acceptance from the party cadre there. Irked by this, Jawahar on Thursday threated to quit the party along with his followers.

The YSR Congress Party is also facing similar issues at places. Even Mangalagiri MLA Ramakrishna Reddy, who is gearing up to take on Lokesh, is facing some opposition as the local leaders are seeking the change of the candidate.