G. Nagaraja

Party leadership reportedly divided on the issue of Chiranjeevi’s constituency

ELURU: Maternal or paternal place, which side does the mood of the actor-turned Praja Rajyam founder favour? This is the question that seemingly stalks the PR with regard to the place from which he should contest the election in his native West Godavari district.

Mr. Chiranjeevi was born in his maternal uncle’s house at Mogaltur under Narsapur Assembly constituency. His mother, Anjana Devi, was taken to her father’s village for delivery from her in-laws’ native place, Kummaripalem, in Yalamanchili mandal coming under the neighbouring Palacole Assembly segment.

This issue has turned out to be a brain-teaser for the PR’s think-tank in the district as it will play a key role in generating ‘nativity sentiment’ in its favour at the hustings. Even as the preference of Mr. Chiranjeevi is yet to be made public, his party leadership is said to be a divided house on this crucial issue. The party chief has lost contact with both his ‘paternal’ and ‘maternal’ villages after he completed his higher education . Besides, his father, Konidala Venkata Rao, an employee in the Excise Department, was away from his native village working in different areas during his service.

According to sources, Harirama Jogaiah, who is considered a ‘Peddayana’ (elderly person) in Mr. Chiranjeevi’s family, is said to be keen on the party chief contesting from Palacole.

Mr. Jogaiah’s native place, Doddipatla, happens to be adjacent to Mr Chiranjeevi’s paternal village, which makes the former’s role in this regard more relevant.

However, a section of leaders from Narsapur insist on Mr. Chiranjeevi seeking election from their constituency on the ground that the party founder was ‘technically’ born in their area.