Ponguru Narayana

The name Narayana is often associated with schools and colleges, reflecting his successful career in establishing a network of leading educational institutions in the country.

Initially involved with the TDP indirectly, Narayana entered direct politics in the last election by taking charge as a minister.

However, he faced a narrow defeat in Nellore, a constituency where he had undertaken massive development programs.

His defeat in Nellore was surprising, considering his significant contributions to the region. Anil Kumar Yadav from the YSRCP won consecutively in 2014 and 2019 elections.

Despite being sure of defeat, Anil Kumar was ordered by the YSRCP high command to contest from the Narasaraopet MP seat in the upcoming elections.

Anil Kumar had finalized his follower as the candidate for Nellore City, but key leaders, including Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy, Anam Ramanaraya Reddy, and Kakani Govardhan Reddy, who played a crucial role in Anil Kumar’s victory, have joined the TDP.

There are also indications that Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy might be moving away from the YSRCP.

This shift in political alliances has created challenges for the YSRCP in Nellore.

In the 2019 elections, Anil Kumar Yadav secured 47 percent of the votes as a YSRCP candidate, narrowly defeating TDP candidate Ponguru Narayan, who received 46 percent of the votes.

Narayana enjoys the support of the entire traditional vote bank of the TDP, including the Kapu community.

The situation is further complicated by the sympathy generated for Narayana due to alleged harassment and false cases filed against him by the YSRCP.

While the TDP faced difficulties in Nellore initially, internal dissent within the YSRCP has led to a shift in the political landscape in the region.