ANDHRA PRADESH

BJP may field Akula from Rajahmundry

TDP hints at Rankireddy Subbaraju for Rural

Speculations are rife that the BJP leaders are considering two names for Rajahmundry City constituency: State general secretary Somu Veerraju and Rajahmundry Parliamentary constituency in-charge Dr. Akula Satyanarayana.

According to a senior BJP leader, the name of Dr. Akula is likely to be cleared both by BJP and RSS, as Mr. Veerraju has agreed to ‘sacrifice’ his candidature in support of his close associate Dr. Akula Satyanarayana.

Post alliance between the TDP and BJP on Sunday, the leaders of both the parties have been conducting brainstorming sessions to come to a conclusion on the selection of candidates. It is learnt that a decision has been taken to give Rajahmundry city ticket to BJP and rural to TDP.

If the candidature of Dr. Akula is finalised for the city constituency, TDP senior leader Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary who has been demanding the constituency will have to lend his support to the BJP candidate, which people say may not be as desired. But, Dr. Akula may get support of TDP Mayor candidate Pantam Rajani Seshasai and her husband Kondala Rao as they belong to the same community.

On the other hand there is a talk that Mr. Butchaiah Chowdary may be given the rural segment, nudging out another TDP aspirant Ganni Krishna. Sources within the party say that Mr. Krishna’s supporters may not support Mr. Chowdary. And this may put TDP in a fix. The major task for Mr. Chowdaryis to muster the support of the Kapu community . Party sources say that if he fails to do so, then the candidature of Rankireddy Subbaraju or Gangumalla Satyanarayana may be finalised to strengthen the hands of Maganti Murali Mohan who is contesting as LS candidate for TDP.

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