Andhra elections : All in the family

Wanna witness a family political drama play out in the open? Head to Andhra Pradesh this election. Its north coastal region in particular. Where Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha constituency will see NT Rama Rao's daughter Purandareswari cross swords on behalf of the BJP with her brother Nandamuri Balakrishna's son-in-law Sri Bharat of the Telugu Desam. Not … Continue reading Andhra elections : All in the family

Nandyal’s party-hopper now joins Pawan Kalyan

When three-time Nandyal MP SPY Reddy joined the Jana Sena on Wednesday, few eyebrows went up. After all, his three decade-long political career has been marked by party hopping. Starting his innings in the BJP in 1991, he managed to taste success only in 2004 when he won from Nandyal Lok Sabha constituency on a … Continue reading Nandyal’s party-hopper now joins Pawan Kalyan

Battle Hindupur : Actor vs Cop

Hindupur assembly constituency has been a Telugu Desam pocketborough since 1985 when NT Rama Rao won from it. He was to retain the seat in 1989 and 1994 as well. In 1996, his son Nandamuri Harikrishna won from Hindupur. The constituency stayed with the TDP even when no member of the NTR family contested, displaying … Continue reading Battle Hindupur : Actor vs Cop

The Andhra election campaign : All work and no play

You would recall pictures of candidates of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) wooing voters during the campaign for the assembly elections last December, by lending a helping hand, albeit for the cameras. Former Speaker Madhusudhana Chary giving a voter a shave. He however, lost the election Candidates gave voters a haircut, a shave, prepared pakoras … Continue reading The Andhra election campaign : All work and no play

Gajuwaka and Bhimavaram for Pawan Kalyan

On Tuesday morning, Pawan Kalyan tweeted that the general body of the Jana Sena will decide the two constituencies he will contest from. Three hours later, the decision was out : Bhimavaram in West Godavari district and Gajuwaka in Visakhapatnam district.  The Jana Sena revealed that eight constituencies were shortlisted where Pawan could contest from. … Continue reading Gajuwaka and Bhimavaram for Pawan Kalyan

How Mammootty’s YSR is helping Jagan

By B Sreekanth Naidu in Tirupati In keeping with the symbiotic relationship between Tollywood and politics in Andhra Pradesh, a recently released biopic of the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy has emerged as the campaign vehicle of the YSR Congress. The film `Yatra' released in February to positive reviews but what is giving the film a … Continue reading How Mammootty’s YSR is helping Jagan

Ex-CBI Laxminarayana joins Pawan Kalyan

On Sunday, former IPS officer VV Laxminarayana ended weeks of suspense on which political party he will join. Pawan Kalyan welcomed the 1990 batch officer of the Maharashtra cadre to the Jana Sena and it is likely that Laxminarayana will contest the elections from Visakhapatnam district. Laxminarayana had taken voluntary retirement from the service in … Continue reading Ex-CBI Laxminarayana joins Pawan Kalyan

Chandrababu Naidu kicks off TDP campaign

It has been a tradition in the Telugu Desam to kickstart the election campaign from the temple town of Tirupati. With elections in Andhra Pradesh on 11 April, Chandrababu Naidu accompanied by his wife Bhuvaneshwari and son Nara Lokesh performed the pujas at home in Undavalli before flying off to Tirupati.