Vijayawada, Mar 24: The Mangalagiri Assembly constituency, from where Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s Minister son Nara Lokesh is contesting, is drawing the attention of not only in AP but also the country as it is part of Capital city Amaravati.
YSRCP President Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s residence, his party office, actor-turned-politician and Janasena Party President K Pawan Kalyan’s residence, his state office were located in the constituency.
The Manglagiri, an ordinary village till 2015, has become an IT hub after Mr Chandrababu Naidu started his administration from Amaravati, which is located between Vijayawada and Guntur cities.
Interestingly, YSRCP candidate Alla Rama Krishna Reddy won from Mangalagiri Asssembly Constituency in 2014 with a slender margin of just “12” votes.
TDP sources said that keeping in view the rapid development of Mangalagiri town and transformation it into a major IT hub besides construction of AIIMS hospital, Mr Nara Lokesh has chosen the constituency to contest. In fact, the TDP leaders expected that the Chief Minister’s son would contest from a constituency in Chittoor, which is the native district of Mr Naidu.
The total electorate in the constituency is 2,53,889.
Mr Lokesh is contesting in direct election for the first time. He is now an MLC and holding the portfolio of IT and Panchayat Raj while being a Minister.
After the TDP announcing the name of Lokesh for Mangalgiri, the YSRCP wanted to change the present candidate Rama Krishna Reddy. Since the BCs voters constitute large chunk in the constituency, the YSRCP examined the names of some BC leaders but finally it zeored on the sitting MLA.
Mr Lokesh is in the forefront in the campaign by taking out rallies and meeting voters. The TDP leaders claimed that they are receiving overwhelming response from the people. Mr.Lokesh is explaining how his father Chandrababu Naidu led TDP government has developed Mangalagiri, an ordinary town four years ago, into an IT hub, where 27 IT companies, 8 IT skill development training centres have been established so far which have churned out thousands of employment.
Sources said that the weavers community also constitute large chunk in the constituency. The TDP leaders claimed that over 3,200 weavers are paid monthly social security pensions and the government is extending 20 per cent subsidy on the yarn to the weavers, which would help to the victory of Nara Lokesh.
At the same time, YSRCP candidate, the sitting MLA Rama Krishna Reddy has become a noted leader in the constituency. He extended support to the farmers, who refused to part with their precious lands to the government for the construction of capital city.
Mr Reddy is running a canteen where meals is available for just Rs.4 and also running a market on his own where vegetables are sold at cheaper price. Moreover the Reddy community voters are also in large numbers besides YSRCP pPresident Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy resides in his constituency.
Mr Reddy is carrying out an extensive campaign and optimistic of win.
Left parties candidate M Nageswara Rao, BJP’s J Mohan Rao and Janasena’s S K Salim were also in the fray. (UNI)