The Praja Rajyam Party imported its Rayalaseema leader, C Ramachandraiah, for Machilipatnam Lok Sabha seat in Krishna district. The party had cleared his name in the latest fifth list, which was released in Hyderabad on Wednesday evening.
The PRP had looked into the candidatures of various leaders to face the money-rich sitting MP, Badiga Ramakrishna, of the Congress. Though the party has senior leaders like Buragadda Vedavyas, from this segment, the PRP had considered the candidature of TD’s former minister, Simhadri Satyanarayana Rao’s son, Dr Chandrasekhar. However, the PRP dropped it in the last minute.
At one point, Chiranjeevi had scanned the candidature of Vangaveeti Radhakrishna from here. Even before that, Chiranjeevi had hinted at fielding his brother-in-law, Allu Aravind, from here. It was felt that Aravind’s candidature would have positive impact on several Assembly segments in the area, which is dominated by the Kapu community.
Having explored all these possibilities, the PRP leadership had imported a Kadapa leader, Ramachandraiah, to this seat. The announcement had come as a rude shock for the PRP leaders and the cadre, as it reflected the poor political strategy of the PRP bosses.
Importing a candidate from Rayalaseema also reflects the bankruptcy of the Praja Rajyam Party, as it is understood by the cadre here. Interestingly, this import of candidature would also become handy for the rivals to counter the party and it would surely have adverse impact on the party candidates for the Assembly seats in the district.
It is to be seen how the PRP would avoid such a situation and go ahead in the elections.