Staff Reporter

Ponnam Prabhakar is the youngest MP from Telangana region

Ponnam aspired for Assembly ticket, but was given Lok Sabha ticket

He hails from an agriculturist family and his father still does farming

KARIMNAGAR: He is the man of the masses. He greets each and every person respectfully by calling “anna, akka, vadina, chellemma or bhaisaab” and has become a household name in the district for his mannerism and quick response to people’s grievances.

Ponnam Prabhakar has emerged as the youngest Member of Parliament from the Telangana region having won from the Karimnagar Parliamentary constituency on Congress ticket where Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K. Chandrashekhar Rao had performed a hat-trick in four years. Senior Congress leaders such as M. Satyanarayana Rao and J. Chokka Rao had also performed hat-trick from this Parliamentary constituency.

Student leader

Born on May 8, 1967, in Karimnagar town, Mr. Prabhakar had graduated from SRR Government Degree and PG College here.

Later, he completed his post-graduation in political science and law from Osmania University. He started his political career as NSUI leader and was the president of the SRR Degree College Students’ Union in 1987-88. He also served as convener of district colleges in Karimnagar.

He served as NSUI district president from 1987-89. Later, he become NSUI State secretary from 1989-91 and subsequently its district president (1992-98). He became NSUI State president from 1999-2002.

He was also the State Youth Congress general secretary and served as PCC media cell coordinator till 2004.

In 2004 general elections, he aspired for the Congress ticket to contest from Karimnagar Assembly segment. However, the party fielded senior Congress leader M. Satyanarayana Rao from the segment. At this juncture, he contested the elections as Independent candidate and secured over 26,000 votes.

He again became the DCMS president and later AP Markfed chairman. In this election,

Mr. Prabhakar aspired for Congress ticket for Karimnagar Assembly segment, but, the party high command offered him MP ticket from the Karimnagar parliament constituency.

The party ticket has come as blessing in disguise to Mr. Prabhakar.

Intensified campaign

Taking advantage of TRS president K. Chandrashekhar Rao moving out of the district, he intensified his campaign with the slogan of his local candidature and BC card and won with a thumping majority of 50,243 votes.

Mr. Prabhakar, who hails from an agriculturist family, says that he would strive for the development of the district on all fronts.

His father still does agriculture in Karimnagar.