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Kodali stands for friend Vamsi at Gannavaram

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Former minister and YSR Congress firebrand leader Kodali Nani stood by his friend and Gannavaram MLA Vallabhaneni Vamsi. He declared that Vamsi would be the party candidate for the 2024 Assembly elections. He made this statement at the party’s Gannavaram Assembly constituency plenary held late on Thursday.

Nani had to make this statement as senior YSR Congress leaders Dr Dutta Ramachandra Rao and Yarlagadda Venkatrao have been making allegations of corruption against Vamsi for the past one year. While Dr Ramachandra Rao had lodged a complaint against Vamsi with the party top leadership, Venkatrao declared his candidature for the next round of elections.

Clearing air, Kodali Nani said that Vamsi would be the party candidate and had asked the rank and file of the party to support Vamsi. While Vamsi was unavailable for the plenary as he was in hospital on health grounds, both Dr Ramachandra Rao and Venkatrao skipped the plenary in the constituency.

The differences with the MLA for senior leaders have gone to the extent of no point of return and the leaders, both Dr Ramachandra Rao and Venkatrao are not ready to share the dais with Vamsi. Though chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy himself had intervened and settled the differences between Vamsi and Venkatrao two years ago, things have not changed.

Meanwhile, Venkatrao is said to be preparing the ground to move to the opposition TDP for the next elections. His absence at the party’s plenary is also being analysed as he had made up his mind to switch loyalties.

Jagan Mohan Reddy appointed Venkatrao as the chairman of the Krishna District Cooperative Central Bank, when Vamsi crossed the fence and joined the ruling party. Sources say that Venkatrao is planning to join the TDP and be the candidate for the next elections. TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu too is said to have given clearance for Venkatrao.

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Has Vallabhaneni Vamsi’s apology check-mated TDP

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By apologizing to Nara Bhuvaneswari, has Gannavaram’s renegade MLA successfully check-mated the TDP plan to use the sordid incident in the AP assembly? He has he hit the TDP’s campaign to get full mileage from the unfortunate incident? It appears he has made the very plans to reach out to the people redundant?

The unfortunate incident in which Vallabhaneni Vamsi made shocking comments against Nara Lokesh and dragged his mother and Chandrababu Naidu’s wife Nara Bhuvaneswari into the whole controversy, has given the TDP a handle to beat the belligerent YSRCP. A teary eyed Chandrababu’s images and videos created a massive surge of sympathy for Chandrababu Naidu. The TDP began saying that the house was no longer a “gaurava sabha” (respected house) and that it had turned into a “Kaurava Sabha.”

The party even planned to hold public meetings at all places in Andhra Pradesh on the issue. At this stage, Vamsi has offered an open apology to Bhuvaneswari. Now the biggest dilemma is whether to go ahead with the idea of holding meetings across the state or not. After the apologies, the very raison d’tre for the sabhas has disappeared. If the TDP continues with the yatra even after the apology, it would be seen as exploiting the incident for political purposes.

Hence some prominent TDp leaders are said to have suggested that the party should go to the people on the people’s issues. The weekly strategy committee of the party is said to have discussed this issue in great detail. Another section wants to go ahead and exploit the happenings in the AP Assembly. These leaders feel that the focus should now be on Kodali Nani and Ambati Rambabu.

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