BJP: Ponguleti in high demand as BJP, Congress wooed him. Hyderabad News – Times of India

Hyderabad: Former Khammam MP and suspended BRS leader Ponguleti Srinivasa Reddy There is a lot of demand these days. Congress and both BJP See him as a ‘game changer’ in the coming assembly elections, especially in the erstwhile Khammam district where the BRS is still trying to expand its footprint.
Congress, Left parties and TDP have done well in the district in the past and continue to dominate, while Srinivasa Reddy, who won the 2014 elections as a YSR Congress candidate, still enjoys considerable support among his followers. Received. Sources said that he is busy getting reports from each and every constituency of the district and is also preparing to undertake the padyatra.
“Barring senior leaders like Bhatti Vikramarka and Renuka Chowdhary, the Congress does not have many leaders in Khammam district now. The BRS has had its share of internal strife. These factors are helping Srinivasa Reddy immensely but he is buying his time before deciding which party to join,” sources said.
His supporters say that Srinivasa Reddy’s clout in the district is undeniable. After the bifurcation of the state in 2014, he not only won the MP seat but also ensured three assembly seats for the YSRCP, which opposed the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
He joined BRS in 2018 but was denied the MP ticket in 2019 general elections. In the last two years, he was completely ignored by the party leadership and was recently suspended.
According to sources, despite his wide appeal and following in the district, if Srinivasa Reddy joins the BJP, he will lose ground among supporters of the Left parties, which could affect the saffron party’s prospects. Sources said, “The alliance between the Left and the BRS helped the BRS win the Munugode bypoll and a similar tie-up in Khammam could help the BRS score big in the coming elections.”
Analysts said with a strong presence of supporters of leftist ideologies and parties, the saffron party, which could never break the shackles in the district, may find it difficult to survive.