Ex-YSRCP MLA Dwarampudi Chandrasekhar Reddy’s political retreat as controversies catch up

Chandrasekhar Reddy, with his intemperate insinuations, had unwittingly destroyed his own credibility as a leader besides earning a number of enemies in the Jana Sena and the TDP.

ByRama Mandava

Published Jul 07, 2024 | 9:00 AM Updated Jul 07, 2024 | 9:00 AM

Ex-YSRCP MLA Dwarampudi Chandrasekhar Reddy’s political retreat as controversies catch up

Is former YSRCP MLA Dwarampudi Chandrasekhar Reddy from Kakinada City going to stew in his own juices? For one thing, both the TDP and Jana Sena activists are baying for his blood.

According to sources, the TDP-led NDA government in the state is contemplating sending him to jail. In a prelude to this action, the government is considering ordering a vigilance department inquiry into many “shady deals and activists,” mainly concerning the Civil Supplies Department.

Civil Supplies Minister Nadendla Manohar, known as the right hand of Pawan Kalyan, during his recent inspection of the department in Kakinada, said that he was shocked to see the extent and depth of the scams that had taken place.

He hinted at Chandrasekhar Reddy’s involvement in the scams and said that he would take steps to get the department back on track and proceed against him for his alleged role in the scams.

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Conflicts with Jana Sena

Chandrasekhar Reddy, with his intemperate insinuations, had unwittingly destroyed his own credibility as a leader besides earning a number of enemies in the Jana Sena and the TDP.

More than the TDP, it is the Jana Sana which is gunning for him. Seeing Pawan Kalyan as a threat to his fiefdom in Kakinada, Chandrasekhar Reddy kept targeting the Jana Sena chief.

For Jana Sena workers, the way Dwarampudi’s supporters unleashed a reign of terror against them when they went on a fact-finding mission to investigate how the ratham at Antarvedi Temple went up in flames in September 2020, remains a significant grievance.

As the YSRCP was in power between 2019 and 2024, Chandrasekhar Reddy had allegedly arrogated to himself the power to dictate the functioning of almost all departments in Kakinada, while also trying to stonewall Pawan Kalyan’s march into his turf.

What had hurt the Jana Sena Chief and his supporters the most were Dwarampudi’s loose cannon comments on Pawan Kalyan’s mother.

When Pawan Kalyan was on his election campaign in Varahi, an election campaign vehicle built like a Humvee, he handed out a stern warning against Chandrasekhar Reddy that he would see his end as soon as he comes to power.

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Hot target for the TDP

Similarly, Chandrasekhar Reddy has become a hot target for the TDP activists as well after his objectionable comments about Chandrababu Naidu’s wife in the State Assembly after, which led to Chandrababu Naidu breaking down inconsolably before the media on 19 November, 2021.

While leaving the Assembly, he vowed not to enter the House until he became the chief minister and called the Assembly, a house of kauravas. He said that he would return only when it becomes a gurava sabha- a house of dignity and decorum.

Naidu’s son Lokesh, who is now Minister for Human Resources in AP, had then said that he would not forgive Dwarampudi for the objectionable comments made about his mother and that he was only biding his time to exact revenge on him.

Chandrasekhar Reddy, who was a protege of former Chief Minister late YS Rajasekhar Reddy, won the assembly elections for the first time in 2009 from Kakinada city. After Rajasekhar Reddy’s demise the same year, he joined Jagan Mohan Reddy’s camp.

In 2014, Jagan fielded him from Kakinada City but Chandrasekhar Reddy lost the election to Vanamadi Venkateswara Rao of TDP. Though he lost, Chandrasekhar Reddy was fielded again in 2019 and this time he won.

Though Jagan Mohan Reddy could not take him into his cabinet as he did not fit in the act of balancing the castes in the cabinet, Dwarampudi is alleged to have acted like a de facto minister in Kakinada and the entire East Godavari district.

The wheel of time turned full circle, and Dwarampudi lost the 2024 elections and is now running for cover as his chickens seem to have come home to roost.

(Edited by Shauqueen Mizaj)

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