VIJAYAWADA: Amid speculations over his entry into the State Cabinet, Telugu Desam Party national general secretary and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh is all set to make his debut in the AP Legislative Council. Stage has been set for his smooth election as MLC under the MLA’s quota. A decision to this effect was taken during the TDP politburo meeting held at the chief minister’s residence in Undavalli on Sunday.
The politburo, which met for finalising the candidates for the MLC elections, entrusted the task of picking up the MLC candidates with party supremo Chandrababu Naidu.
“We have discussed over the candidates for the MLC elections and handed over the responsibility of finalising candidates to the party national president. The names will be announced soon,” politburo member Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy said and asserted that Lokesh would soon enter the AP Legislative Council.
It is learnt that immediately after TDP AP president K Kala Venkata Rao proposed to elect Lokesh as MLC through MLAs quota, for which election will be held on March 20, all the remaining politburo members unanimously supported the move. The chief minister, assured them that he will consider the names of all those strove for the development of the party. Senior and youth leaders will be given opportunities while selecting candidates for the MLC elections, Naidu reportedly told the politburo members.
When some of the leaders opined that justice should be done to those leaders who stood with the party when it was in the opposition from 2004 to 2014, Naidu promised to honour all those who strove for the party.
The politburo discussed over 17 issues including the annual budget to be presented in the AP Assembly on March 13.
The CM informed politburo that under the first phase, the government will set up ‘Anna Canteens’ in all the municipal corporations. The government will also come out with a scheme for providing shelter to the street children and destitutes.
Besides adopting resolution to support the plan of the Union to conduct elections to the Parliament and Assemblies of all states at one time, the TDP politburo decided to mount pressure on the Centre to fulfil all the promises made in the AP State Reorganisation Act at the earliest.