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Former Andhra Congress minister joins TDP along with son
Giving a boost to Telugu Desam Party?s (TDP) morale, senior Congress leader and minister in N Kiran Kumar Reddy's cabinet, Galla Aruna Kumari today joined TDP in the presence of party president N Chandrababu Naidu. Along with her, her industrialist son Galla Jaya Dev also joined the party.

Aruna Kumari hails from Chandrababu Naidu's native Chittoor district and represents Chandragiri, Naidu?s home-constituency. A four-time legislator, Aruna Kumari said that she is joining the party with a confidence that only Chandrababu Naidu has the ability to develop the newly bifurcated state.

Incidentally, her father P Rajagopala Naidu, was the political mentor of Chandrababu Naidu. It was he who picked up student leader Chandrababu Naidu and made him Congress MLA in 1978. Her entry into TDP will stabilize the party position in Chitoor district. Rajagopala Naidu was a close associate of veteran parliamentarian Acharya N G Ranga.

While she will contest from Chandragiri as TDP candidate, TDP offered her son Galla Jaya Dev to contest in Lok Sabha elections from Guntur. His brother-in-law Mahesh Babu is a popular Telugu film hero and son of veteran Telugu film artist Krishna, who was once Congress?s Lok Sabha member.

Though Mahesh Babu is keeping himself away from the politics, instead of heavy pressures from Congress during 2009 polls, he is now expected to campaign for his brother-in-law.

Meanwhile, former Congress MLA from Repalle of Guntur district Devineni Mallikarjuna Rao also has joined Telugu Deasm party.


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