HYDERABAD: The race for Rajya Sabha seats in the ruling TDP in Andhra Pradesh is gradually gaining momentum as the biennial polls to four seats from the State in the Upper House of Parliament are approaching.
These four seats will fall vacant by June after the retirement of Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, JD Seelam, Union Minister of State for Science & Technology Y Sujana Chowdary (TDP) and Union Commerce minister Nirmala Sitaraman (BJP). Some of the leaders such as Kambhampati Ramamohan Rao, former ministers Anam Ramanarayana Reddy and TG Venkatesh who had joined the party from the Congress, and TDP leader Mullapudi Renuka are in the race for the three seats, which the ruling party is sure of bagging in accordance with its numerical strength in the State Assembly.
Some MPs have begun trying to urge their boss N Chandrababu Naidu to consider their candidature for Union Cabinet berth in case he does not renew Sujana Chowdary’s term one more time.
According to sources, TDP MPs Garikapati Mohana Rao, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao and JC Diwakar Reddy are said to have conveyed their wish for their candidature to Chandrababu Naidu.