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Mahesh Babu to Campaign for Galla Jayadev

Published: 20th January 2014 08:11 AM

Last Updated: 20th January 2014 01:39 PM

It is official now. Industrialist Jayadev Galla, son of mines and geology minister Galla Aruna Kumari, is all set to make foray into politics, but not from the Congress platform.

Jayadev, who says he has done his homework to contest for the Guntur MP seat, said he will have the support of his family and also his brother-in-law and Tollywood hero Mahesh Babu, who will campaign for him in the elections. Jayadev, however, did not spell out the party on whose ticket he would contest the polls, but gave enough hints that he would join the TDP and his political plans are long-term, and not short-term.

“Wait till the end of this month and I will let you know which party I would join,” he said, when asked by reporters. Jayadev spoke candidly with a group of reporters on the sidelines of the launch of Galla family-owned Amara Raja Batteries’ integrated medium VRLA plant at Nunegundlapalle near here on Sunday. The plant is said to be the world largest in its kind.

“Right from my childhood days, I have interest in politics. I stopped my engineering course to study political science, which was then opposed by my father,” he said. Jayadev said he had chosen Guntur as both Chittoor and Tirupati Parliament seats are reserved.

Asked whether he is eyeing the TDP in view of the possibility that the BJP-led NDA government will come to power at the Centre with the support of TDP, Jayadev replied, “I am not trying to bet on a winning horse.”

He is not able to accept the policies of the Congress and its decisions, he added. Jayadev did not mince words in criticising the Congress. “They didn’t respect the people’s aspirations. They didn’t

respect their party leaders and cadre,” he said, referring to the state bifurcation issue. On the reported opposition to him in Guntur, Jayadev said he recently visited his father-in-law and actor Krishna’s village Burripalem near Tenali and met political leaders, intellectuals, students and others, and he didn’t find any opposition to him.

“I am welcome there. There is no resistance,” he said. Jayadev said he toyed with the idea of contesting from Tirupati Assembly Constituency in 2009 elections, but didn’t do it as his priority was Chittoor.

“At that time, I thought of entering politics slowly, show performance and then grow. But, the situation is different now and I would like to go to the Centre,” he said.

Will his joining the TDP affect his mother’s political career? Jayadev says “No”.

“She is independent. I have been to my mother’s office only twice after she assumed office as Cabinet minister. I owe the Congress party nothing and the party owes me nothing. My mother is independent and she should be judged by her capabilities,” he said.

Galla Aruna Kumari, who joined Jayadev midway, said her son would have all the support in his decision.

Asked how members of one family can be in two different parties, Jayadev replied, “It is not an unusual thing. At state and national levels, right from Gandhi and Nehru families, there are such instances.”

On Mahesh Babu’s support, Jayadev said, “I discussed with him. He is aware of my plans. He will support me.”

When reminded that Mahesh Babu’s father Krishna has been a Congress man, Jayadev said, “He (Mahesh Babu) is apolitical. He will support me as an individual irrespective of my party affiliation. He will campaign for me considering me as an individual.”

AAP too WON ON SOPs to people

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is an experiment, the result of which is yet to be confirmed, Jayadev said. “It came with a lot of promise. One of its policies is anti-corruption, which I support. But, they came to power like any other party by announcing sops to people,” he said.

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