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Elections in Andhra Pradesh a family affair

Elections in Andhra Pradesh are turning out to be a family affair with some candidates pitted against their own relatives while others are entering the political world by holding the hand of a sibling or a family member who is already a political figure.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2009 15:27 IST

Elections in Andhra Pradesh are turning out to be a family affair with some candidates pitted against their own relatives while others are entering the political world by holding the hand of a sibling or a family member who is already a political figure.

Y S Rajasekhara Reddy-Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, Chiranjeevi-Allu Aravind, K Chandrasekhar Rao-K T Rama Rao, Daggubati Purandeswari-Daggubati Venkateswara Rao, Asaduddin Owaisi-Akbaruddi Owaisi, Panabaka Lakshmi-Panabaka Krishnaiah - are in a list of candidates who are related to each other in some way or the other.

Probably no other state in the country has such a long list of blood relatives seeking their political fortunes in not just one party but also across different parties.

Two of the aforementioned are father-son duo, two are wife-husband, one is a duo of brothers and yet another is a brother-brother-in-law duo.

Interestingly, in some cases the kin are directly fighting each other like in the case of former Union minister Ch Vidyasagar Rao of the BJP who is pitted against his nephew Chennamaneni Ramesh of the TDP from the Vemulavada Assembly segment.

Seasoned politician Rajasekhara Reddy is contesting the Pulivendula Assembly seat, while his son and industrialist Jaganmohan Reddy is a debutant seeking seeking election from Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency, which was earlier represented by his father.

State housing minister Bosta Satyanarayana is in the race for Assembly seat from Chipurupalli Assembly segment while his better half Jhansi is seeking re-election from Vizianagaram Lok Sabha seat.

Botsa's younger brother Appala Narasaiah is also contesting the Gajapatinagaram Assembly seat while their nephew Appala Naidu is the Congress candidate from Nellimarla. In a way, the Botsa family has hit a jackpot with four of its members bagging Congress tickets in the same elections.

"Even the Chief Minister could not get more than two tickets for his family and had to persuade his own brother-in-law to give up hope for Kadapa Assembly seat," a senior Congress leader observed.

Though he kept his two actor brothers away from the electoral battle, Praja Rajyam Party chief and superstar Chiranjeevi could, however, not deny his brother-in-law Allu Aravind a chance to seek his electoral fortunes for the Lok Sabha.

While Chiranjeevi himself is contesting from Tirupati and Palakollu Assembly seats, Aravind is in race for the Anakapalli Lok Sabha seat in north coastal Andhra. Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party leader K Yerran Naidu and his brother Atchannaidu are seeking re-election to their respective positions from Srikakulam district.