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