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Amaravati farmers meet cricketer Ambati Rayudu


The agitating farmers of Amaravati capital villages met cricketer Ambati Rayudu in Velagapudi on Monday. The cricketer visited local Sri Veerabhadra Swamy temple and offered prayers to the deity.

On learning about the cricketer’s visit to their area, the farmers went to the temple and met him. They requested him to visit their protest camp at Mandadam and listen to their problems. They asked him to pay one visit to the camp as he had already visited the capital area.

However, Ambati Rayudu turned down their request and said that he would come some time later. He said he had come to the temple to worship and is not interested in speaking politics. He said he would speak about the issue at a later date.

When the farmers requested him to say Jai Amaravati, the cricketer softly rejected the request. He said he had come only to the temple and not to make any political statement. He further told them that he is aware of their issue as he had been visiting a few places in the state in the recent past.

He also told them that Amaravati would remain the capital of the state. However, he did not give clarity on his statement whether Amaravati would be the only capital of the state or would be part of the three capitals as declared by the state government.

The farmers who pinned hopes on the cricketer to say a few words in their favour were disappointed. They said that they expected the cricketer to visit them and say a few words to them after listening to their problems. However, they expressed confidence that the cricketer would support them one day, as he is aware of their problem.

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Cricketer Ambati Rayudu is likely to be YSRCP candidate for Guntur LS


Prominent Indian cricketer Ambati Tirupathi Rayudu is all set to join the ruling YSR Congress. He is in constant touch with Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. He is now on the Guntur district tour, visiting some government schools and the Rythu Bharosa Kendaras.

He is also interacting with the farmers, women and students during his tour and showering praises on Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy. If one goes by these moves, it is clear that the cricketer is making his way into the ruling party.

Sources say that Jagan Mohan Reddy had decided to field Ambati Rayudu as the party’s candidate for the Guntur Lok Sabha constituency. The constituency is currently represented by industrialist, Galla Jayadev, for the second consecutive term.

The YSR Congress had lost the seat twice in 2014 and 2019. It fielded former MP Vallabhaneni Balashowry in 2014 and another former MP Modugula Venugopala Reddy in 2019. Though the party was able to bring down the majority for TDP’s Galla Jayadev in 2019, it is not sure of winning the seat this time with the old faces.

In the hunt for new faces, Jagan Mohan Reddy found cricketer Rayudu as the best bet and is said to have made up his mind to field him. But, the TDP is strong in Guntur district and Amaravati falls under the same Lok Sabha seat.

The Amaravati farmers have been fighting against the government’s decision on three capitals. They have been extensively campaigning against the YSR Congress and it is to be seen if this would help the opposition TDP to retain the seat for the third consecutive time or lose it for the YSR Congress.

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Ambati Rayudu keeps political parties in Telugu states guessing


Former cricketer Ambati Rayudu, who has already announced his plans to enter politics, is keeping political parties in the two Telugu states guessing.

There is a buzz in political circles that Rayudu, who announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL) last week, is likely to join the Congress and contest for Lok Sabha from Telangana.

Former Indian captain and Telangana Congress working president Mohammed Azharuddin is reportedly holding talks with Rayudu in this regard.

Rayudu, however, has still not made up his mind which party he will be joining.

He met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy last month, setting off speculations that he may join the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP).

Earlier, he had praised Jagan Mohan Reddy through a tweet.

Reacting to the Chief Minister’s speech at a meeting, the former cricketer had stated: “Great speech ..our chief minister@ysjagan garu.. everyone in the state has complete belief and trust in you sir..”

The 37-year-old, who was playing for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), announced on May 28 that he is retiring from IPL.

The announcement came on the eve of the IPL 2023 final between the CSK and Gujarat Titans. He scored 19 off 8 deliveries in his last appearance and signed off on a happy note as his team bagged the fifth title with last ball victory over Gujarat Titans.

According to Congress sources, the party leadership has given Azharuddin, a former MP, the task of holding talks with Rayudu and to invite him to join the party.

The party is reportedly offering him a ticket for the Malkajgiri Lok Sabha seat.

Malkajgiri constituency comprising suburbs of Hyderabad has a sizeable number of voters from Andhra Pradesh who are settled in Telangana capital.

The constituency is currently represented by Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president A. Revanth Reddy. Since the MP is planning to contest for Assembly elections scheduled later this year, the Congress leadership is considering the proposal to field Rayudu from Malkajgiri in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Congress leaders feel that Rayudu, who hails from Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, will get the support of settlers. The constituency also has a good number of voters from Kapu community, to which Rayudu belongs.

It was in April this year that the stylish middle-order batsman decided to enter politics. He declared that he wants to serve people.

He had refused to comment on which party he would be joining, saying he had received feelers from different parties, but was committed to making a difference to people. “I will take a decision at the right time,” he had said.

Rayudu stated though he was equally in love with Telangana, having spent so much of his life in Hyderabad, he had decided to serve the people of Andhra Pradesh.

He made it clear that he was not looking for options for a second career in cricket like coaching and commentary. “I have played for India and have achieved my dreams. I want to dedicate the rest of my life to helping others, especially children and youth achieve their goals and dreams,” he said.

He played for India in 55 ODIs between 2014 and 2019, and six international T20 matches, and scored 1,694 runs, including three centuries and 10 fifties.

He has appeared in 190 matches for CSK and Mumbai Indians in the IPL. His disputes with a fellow teammate and the nepotism-rife management during his young days earned him the tag of a rebel, and denied him further international opportunities, including the ODI World cup.

He was one of the rebel players who latched at the opportunity to play for ICL, before accepting a domestic amnesty offer from the BCCI and entered the IPL, and later, played for India in international cricket.

Inspired by his father, who would take him to different coaching camps to play cricket, Rayudu famously scored 210 and an unbeaten 159 against Andhra, becoming the youngest player in the history of Ranji Trophy to score a double century and a century in the same match and also captained the Indian under-19 team at the 2004 ICC World Cup. Last year, the CSK purchased him for Rs 6.75 crore.

Rayudu will join a rare bandwagon of Indian cricketers who entered politics, including the late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Kirti Azad, Azharuddin, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Chetan Chauhan and Gautam Gambhir.

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