In a show of strength, Rajya Sabha member T. Subbarami Reddy mobilised several local leaders of the Congress at his bungalow on Sunday and declared that he was confident of getting party ticket for Lok Sabha from Visakhapatnam for the next elections. Mayor P. Janardhana Rao, Government Whip Dronamraju Srinivas Rao, MLAs Malla Vijaya Prasad, T. Vijay Kumar, P. Ramesh Kumar and Ch. Venkataramaiah were present at the interaction Mr. Reddy had with reporters.

To a query, Mr. Reddy said he had rendered yeoman service to the people in this region for past 38 years. “Hence, I am the natural choice for Lok Sabha ticket in 2014 elections. My win is guaranteed,” he declared.

Presently Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari is representing Visakhapatnam in Lok Sabha. She had said earlier that she would stake her claim for party ticket from here for second time.