In Nagari, nostalgia is Roja’s greatest adversary

  • | Sunday | 24th March, 2019

of the locals.Now, it would be interesting to watch how, in the ensuing hustings, Roja would try and change the tide of emotions towards herself so that she retains her MLA seat. Tirupati: Elections often test the ability of leaders to appeal to the electorate’s sentiment. Krishnama Naidu’s clean image and his way of maintaining relationships has started to work in favour of Bhanu Prakash.People of Nagari, Puttur and nearby towns and villages still fondly remember how the senior politician never missed an opportunity to attend weddings, house warming functions, funerals etc. As for the incumbents, it is also the time to test their rapport with the people.In Nagari assembly seat in Chittoor district, YSR Congress’s sitting MLA RK Roja is worried about retaining her constituency as the Telugu Desam Party has played the sentiment card wisely — it has fielded former minister Gali Muddu Krishnama Naidu’s son Gali Bhanu Prakash Roja, actress-turned-politician, tasted her first electoral success on a YRSC ticket after she won the Nagari assembly seat by defeating TDP’s senior leader Krishnama Naidu’s in the 2014 general elections. She, however, won by a margin of a mere 858 votes.But after Krishnama Naidu, a six time MLA from Puttur/Nagari, died in 2018, an infighting broke out in the family as to who among his two sons would succeed him.The suspense over the succession ended recently when the TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu cleared the decks for Bhanu Prakash to contest the 2019 polls.And the selection has already started to bear fruit.

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