HYDERABAD: ‘Family pack’ is the flavour of the season in Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) area right now. We are not talking about sumptuous Hyderabadi biryani family packs but about family packs of politicians raring to contest the SCB elections.
With just two days left for filing of nominations, local leaders are intensely campaigning in the wards. The highlight of this election is members of the same family are entering the fray from different wards.
Though two members from the same family contested from different wards even earlier, what’s striking this time is almost all the influential leaders in the area are entering the fray along with their family members.
SCB former vice-president Jampana Pratap and wife J Vidyavathi, another former vice-president Bhanuka Narmada and her husband B Mallikarjun, former ward member Anuradha and her husband Ramakrishna are making plans to contest along with their spouses in the elections.
Not just couples, even father and daughter duos are in the fray. Senior board member P Venkat Rao and local leader Muppidi Gopal are busy in campaigning along with their daughters.
Though reservation of wards for women has earlier prompted male politicians to bring wives and daughters into elections, the main reason behind leaders’ strategy to contest along with their family members in this elections is to capture SCB vice-president post.
In the last elections both Pratap and Vidyavathi won from wards 3 and 1 respectively and Pratap became vice-president. Both Anuradha and Ramakrishna contested from wards 5 and 4. While Anuradha won, Ramakrishna lost. Like this there are families which have been politically active in SCB for a while.
Keeping in view the board politics during last tenure, senior leaders feel it safe to depend on their family members to earn a majority.“If one of our family member is in the board it will definitely boost one’s chance to become vice-president. But what matters most is getting people’s support rather than getting family members support and people will elect only those who are sincere,” said S Keshava Reddy, former board member and contestant from ward 2.