Politics is a world unto itself, and many first-time candidates find it hard to navigate its tricky waters. But Gadde Anuradha is anything but a bundle of nerves.
The Telugu Desam Party’s (TDP) candidate for the post of Krishna Zilla Parishad chairperson is privileged as she has the support of her spouse Gadde Ramamohan besides familiarisation with the local crowd to boot. “This may be the first time I am in direct politics. But I have seen it from close quarters in last 25 years thanks to my spouse and senior TDP leader Gadde Ramamohan,” says Ms. Anuradha.
Wary of the fact that post-bifurcation, the Krishna ZP chairperson’s post assumes greater significance, she is gearing up to address the several civic problems that were brought to her notice by residents of Unguturu mandal from where she contested the elections. “Improving roads, provision of safe drinking water, good infrastructure in ZP schools and construction of community halls are my priority areas. People have put their faith in me and I will not belie their hopes,” she assures.
Politics happened by chance and suddenly. “The idea was tossed before me and before I could give it a proper thought, I was already filing my nomination papers. Initially it was slightly unsettling. But soon I tuned my mind as I was convinced that I ought to return to the people who have been showering their love and affection on our family for years.”
“The capital of the new State is likely to be located in the Krishna district and it will witness a flurry of development activity. That’s precisely why people have voted for Chandrababu Naidu,” she claims.
Speaking about the oft-repeated demand for decentralisation of development in the residuary Andhra Pradesh, she says all eyes are on the TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu. “The party is determined to usher in development in a manner that will prevent migration of the youth to other places for jobs,” she says.
Responding to a query on how does it feel to be a woman politician, she says after a brief pause: “Women have this extra talent of multitasking. I am sure I will be able to strike a good balance between home and work.”