YS family’s dominance on Kadapa ends, several MLAs vie for Cabinet berths

Former minister C Adinarayana Reddy’s win from Jammalamadugu on BJP ticket seems to have complicated matters for TDP aspirants as the BJP may expect one of its MLAs from Rayalaseema to be accommodated.
TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu
TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu EPS

KADAPA : The TDP-led NDA’s overwhelming triumph, winning seven out of 10 Assembly constituencies in the erstwhile undivided Kadapa district, marks the end of the YS family’s two-decade dominance.

As TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu is getting ready to take oath as Chief Minister of the State on June 12, speculation is rife about allotment of Cabinet berths for Kadapa. The TDP leadership may meticulously choose candidates for the ministerial posts to ensure the party’s continued resurgence in the district.

The absence of influential leaders like the late former ministers P Siva Reddy and Bijivemula Veera Reddy in the TDP had previously weakened its ability to challenge the YS family’s dominance.

Historically, under the leadership of YS Rajasekhara Reddy in 2004 and 2009, and later under YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’ leadership in 2014 and 2019, the TDP suffered crushing defeats in Kadapa district.

However, this election results have rejuvenated the TDP. The tripartite alliance won Kadapa, Mydukur, Proddatur, Jammalamadugu, Kamalapuram, Railway Koduru and Rayachoti Assembly seats, while the YSRC managed to retain Pulivendula, Rajampet and Badvel.

Now, the contenders for ministerial posts include the newly-elected MLAs and an MLC.

N Varadarajulu Reddy from Proddatur, a six-time MLA in his 80s, is said to be seeking a Cabinet as a possible last stint.

Putta Sudhakar Yadav from Mydukur, who won after two consecutive defeats, is also vying for a Cabinet berth under BC quota, bolstered by his son Putta Mahesh’s victory as Eluru MP, and daughter-in-law Yanamala Divya’s win from Tuni Assembly constituency.

Reddeppagari Madhavi Reddy, the first woman to win from Kadapa Assembly constituency, is also aspiring for a Cabinet berth under the women’s quota. Her political lineage as the wife of TDP Politburo member R Srinivasulu Reddy, and daughter-in-law of the late former minister R Rajagopala Reddy, strengthens her case, say TDP sources.

Putta Chaitanya Reddy’s victory in Kamalapuram over YSRC’s P Ravindranath Reddy, has put him in the spotlight. His close ties with TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh are seen as an advantage.

MLC Bhumireddy Ramgopal Reddy from Pulivendula is also lobbying for a berth, contending that a ministerial post for Pulivendula may help counter YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s influence in Kadapa.

Former minister C Adinarayana Reddy’s win from Jammalamadugu on BJP ticket seems to have complicated matters for TDP aspirants as the BJP may expect one of its MLAs from Rayalaseema to be accommodated.

As the TDP looks to sustain its resurgence in Kadapa, the choice of ministerial candidates is crucial. The party ranks are abuzz with anticipation, waiting to see who will represent Kadapa in Naidu’s Cabinet.

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