With three contenders making debut, the Hindupur Lok Sabha seat may seem a easy pick for the TDP veteran but with actor Chiranjeevi's PRP making a headway, the sail to success may as well gather some storm.
The Telugu Desam Party has fielded strongman Nimmala Kistappa, while "outsider" Kasim Khan is contesting from the Congress. Kasim hails from neighbouring Kadapa district and was chosen as a replacement for the sitting MP Nizamuddin.
Film star and senior BJP leader K Naresh is also trying his luck from Hindupur, after having made the town his home for the last two years.
However, more than these two, Praja Rajyam Party's Kadapala Srikanth Reddy, who has a rich political lineage, seems to be making things tougher for TDP's Kistappa on April 23 when the constituency goes to polls.
Hindupur in Anantapur district is the citadel of the TDP and the entire district remains one of the strongholds of the party. Hindupur has long been associated with party founder-president N T Rama Rao and later his son Nandamuri Harikrishna, both of whom were elected to the Assembly from here.
However, of the seven Assembly segments under Hindupur Lok Sabha constituency, the Congress is ahead only in Dharmavaram and Madakasira.