The ruling Telugu Desam is toying with an idea of fielding a candidate from the Kapu community as it seeks to consolidate its strength in the urban local body, for which the elections would be held after Krishna Pushkarams.
The Congress fielded Kanna Nagaraju, son of former Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana, in 2005. The Guntur Municipal Corporation has been without an elected body since 2010 and elections could not be held as there has been stay on merger of 12 villages in the GMC.
But the move could face serious opposition from the many aspirants from the Kamma community. Several aspirants like Yaganti Durga Rao, former TDP floor leader, have already made their intentions clear.
In 2000, the TDP fielded Chukka Yesupadam, former lecturer, springing a surprise. Interestingly, the YSRC has already hinted that it will field a candidate from the Kapu community and begun scouting for a suitable face.
The decision has come after a series of meetings held by former Minister Galla Aruna Kumari with the local TDP leaders recently. Ms. Aruna Kumari has been staying here for the last three weeks to ward off criticism that her son and Guntur MP Jayadev has not been staying in his constituency for some time. Meanwhile, Maddali Giridhar, who contested and had lost a narrow election in the Guntur East Assembly constituency, was leaving no stone unturned and staked his claim for the seat.