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Nellore: TDP chairman finally gives veteran leader Somireddy the go-ahead

Politics in the Sarvepalle seat are heating up with the TDP officially declaring the candidacy of senior party leader and politburo member Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy.

TDP national president N Chandrababu Naidu declared Somireddy the party’s nominee for the Assembly seat after protracted negotiations with JSP officials.

Somireddy (68) is from a farming family and was raised in Allipuram village in the rural mandal of Nellore.

He held the position of Chairman of the Nellore District Cooperative Central Bank before beginning his political career in the Congress party. He then joined the TDP, which was founded by the renowned actor N. T. Rama Rao. In 1994 and 1999, he defeated Congress candidate Chitturu Venkata Seshareddy to become the TDP’s member of parliament for the Sarvepalle seat. His margins of victory were 33,775 and 16,092 votes, respectively.

Somireddy was appointed as Agriculture Minister in Chandrababu Naidu’s 2014 Cabinet after serving as CMEY Minister in Naidu’s 1999 Cabinet.

In 2004 and 2009, Somireddy was defeated twice by Congress candidate Adala Prabhakara Reddy, with a difference of 7,625 and 10,284 votes.

In 2012, Somireddy ran for the Kovuru Assembly seat as directed by TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, but was defeated by YSRCP opponent Nallapureddy Prasannakumar Reddy by a margin of 41,391 votes.

Later, he was defeated twice by Kakani Govardhan Reddy for the Sarvepalle seat, by margins of 5,446 votes in 2014 and 13,793 votes in 2019.

In 2014, Somireddy received an MLC seat and the position of Agriculture Minister from Chandrababu Naidu in appreciation for his long-term efforts for the TDP.

Having run six times before (1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014, and 2019) from the Sarvepalle seat, Somireddy is trying his luck for a seventh time in the 2024 elections.

With the backing of coalition allies JSP and BJP, TDP officials are optimistic that Somireddy will be able to win an election in the next elections as a result of anti-incumbency “prevailing” against the incumbent YSRCP.

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