Staff Reporter

He feels displaced as Chiru is all set to contest election from Narsapur

Rumours are ripe that the former minister is likely to join PRP at ‘Praja Bheri’

Hariramajogaiah working overtime to save his disciple from political tsunami

ELURU: The fate of Kothapalli Subbarayudu, confidant of TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu and former minister, who has never tasted defeat in his Narsapur segment ever since he began his political career as an MLA with the TDP in 1985, seems precariously hanging in balance now, thanks to ‘Chiru tsunami’.

He survived the Congress wave in 2004 and scraped through the election with a thin margin of a little over 2,500 votes.

Narsapur was one of the four Assemblies out of the total 16 segments retained by the TDP in that election.

He understandably feels displaced since Chiranjeevi, a film star from his constituency who shot into politics by floating Praja Rajyam Party and the reports emanating from within the PRP that he is all set to fight the election from Narsapur.

Firebrand

Mr. Subbarayudu, who earned a sobriquet as a firebrand with his hard-hitting attacks on rival parties, remains aloof from his party activities for several months, fuelling speculations over his changing political loyalties.

Hariramajogaiah, senior leader of the PRP who was considered a mentor of Mr. Subbarayudu in politics, is said to be working overtime to save his disciple from the impending political tsunami by trying to field him from Narsapur from the PRP.

In this backdrop, rumour mills started working overtime afresh, suggesting Mr. Subbarayudu’s joining in the PRP at its ‘Praja Bheri’ scheduled to be held in Hyderabad on March 21 in the presence of Mr. Chiranjeevi along with former Union minister and actor-turned BJP leader U.V. Krishnam Raju.

The recent statement by Chiranjeevi’s brother-in-law and PRP key leader Allu Aravind that the party was planning to field its president from neighbouring Palakole instead of his hometown of Narsapur could be viewed as part of the reported pressure tactics applied by Mr. Jogaiah in an obvious bid to help his ‘sishya’ contest from Narsapur on the PRP ticket.

However, sections opposing Mr. Jogaiah in the PRP insist on Mr. Chiranjeevi seeking election from his hometown alone.