NTR-Nara family tree grows and spreads branches in Andhra Pradesh politics

Among them, Chandrababu Naidu stands out by becoming the chief minister of AP three times and is poised to take over for a fourth time.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jun 06, 2024 | 8:00 AMUpdatedJun 06, 2024 | 8:00 AM

Nara Bhuvaneswari Nayam Gelavali

After being in a political wilderness, the Nara and Nandamuri families are back in the limelight. Part of the family tree of former chief minister NT Rama Rao (NTR), they are very prominent in Andhra Pradesh politics.

The latest turn addition to this political lineup — M Sri Bharath elected to Lok Sabha from Visakhapatnam — is the younger son-in-law of Hindupur MLA Nandamuri Balakrishna.

After NTR founded TDP in 1982 and the subsequent victory in the Assembly elections a year later with a massive mandate, his family members began appearing in public life.

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Chandrababu Naidu stands out

Among the members of the Nara-Nandamuri family, Chandrababu Naidu stands out by becoming the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh three times and is poised to take over for a fourth time, having defeated the YSRCP in the elections.

Even before forming the TDP, NTR gave his daughter Bhuvaneswari’s hand in marriage to Chandrababu Naidu in 1981.

After NTR founded his party, Naidu became a prominent leader in the TDP and eventually became the chief minister in 1995.

NTR’s another daughter D Purandeswari who joined the Congress in 2004 became a Union minister in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet when UPA-II came to power for the second time in 2009.

She was the minister of state for human resources and later for Commerce. Manmohan Singh used to praise her communication skills and talent at work.

After the rout of Congress following the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, she joined the BJP and is now the president of the Andhra Pradesh unit of the BJP. She won the election to Lok Sabha on a BJP ticket from Rajahmundry in the recently concluded polls.

Chandrababu Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh began his political career as the TDP general secretary in 2014.

He was taken into the Legislative Council in 2017 and was a minister for Panchayat Raj and IT. His wife Brahmani — daughter of Balakrishna — appears in public life now and then.

At present, there are three MLAs in the Assembly — Chandrababu Naidu, Lokesh and Balakrishna, and two MPs — Daggubati Purndeswari and Sri Bharath.

(Edited by Muhammed Fazil)