The lone dalit Chief Minister Damodaram Sanjeevaiah also hails from this region. In recent period, N Chandrababu Naidu, Dr Y S Rajasekahra Reddy and N Kiran Kumar Reddy headed the government from this region for quite a long time.
Presently, when the state is dividing again, accidentally all the key political players are from this region. The newly constituted Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee President N Raghuveera Reddy hails from Rayalaseema region. TDP President Chandrababu Naidu, YSR Congress party President YS Jaganmohan Reddy, Jai Samaikyandhra Party president Kiran Kumar Reddy and CPI state secretary K Narayana all belong to this region only. CPM state secretary P Madhu is from neighbouring Nellore district. Only BJP state president K Hari Babu hails from Visakhapatnam, north coastal city.
Ahead of the bifurcation of the state, number of leaders from Rayalaseema region have been agitating for a separate state calling it `Greater Rayalaseema’, including Nellore and Prakasam districts, besides four districts of Rayalaseema, namely Anantapur, Kurnool, Kadapah and Chittoor. They insisted that if at all the state is to be divided that should be into three states, but not two.
Even during the period of bifurcation, leaders like Byreddy Rajasekhara Reddy and T G Venkatesh openly demanded that the new capital should be in Kurnool.
geographically, Kurnool remains in one corner of the state and closer
to Telangana’s capital Hyderabad, than coastal districts. Political
observers suspecting that these leaders are now keeping silent on the
new capital with an idea they would have upper hand in this matter.
Former union minister and Tirupati MP Chintha Mohan is now demanding
that Tirupati should be made as the capital as that will be central
place for both coastal and Rayalaseema region.
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