AMARAVATI: Konidela Nagendra Babu, the elder brother of Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, on Wednesday joined the party and will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha poll from Narsapuram constituency in Andhra Pradesh.
The Telugu film star welcomed his brother's entry into the party and said that Nagendra Babu is his "political guru". Pawan Kalyan added that Nagendra Babu, popularly known as Nagababu, had a very good understanding of politics.
Nagababu is the younger brother of Telugu film star and former Union Minister K Chiranjeevi, while Kalyan is the youngest among the three. "On my invitation, he has joined the Jana Sena. He will be available whole time to serve the people," Pawan Kalyan was quoted as saying by PTI.
It is to be noted that both Pawan Kalyan and Nagababu had supported Chiranjeevi when he launched Praja Rajyam Party in 2008.
Chiranjeevi later merged Praja Rajyam Party with the Congress in 2012 and the decision did not go down well with both the brothers. Pawan Kalyan finally laiunched his own political party Jana Sena in 2014.
Nagababu is also a film and television actor, besides being a producer. "Kalyan is my younger brother whom I raised in my hands. But now he has grown into a tall leader. He is a leader for me as well. I am ready to serve people with his inspiration," Nagababu said.
Both Pawan Kalyan and Nagababu are entering the political fray for the first time. Pawan Kalyan will contest the April 11 Assembly election from Gajuwaka and Bhimavaram constituencies. Bhimavaram Assembly segment falls under Narsapuram Lok Sabha constituency in West Godavari district.
Meanwhile, Jana Sena Party has on Tuesday released names of four candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha poll while names of 32 out of 175 candidates for the state Assembly election in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
List of 32 candidates for state Assembly polls:
1).Ichapuram: Dasari Raju
2.Pathapatnam: Gedala Chaitanya
3).Amudalavalasa: C Rama Mohan
4).Madugula: G Sanyasi Naidu
5).Pendurthi: Chintalapudi Venkata Ramiah
6).Chodavaram: PVSN Raju
7).Anakapalli: Paruchuri Bhaskar Rao
8).Kakinada Rural: Pantham Nanaji
9).Rajanagaram: Rayapureddy Prasad (Chinna)
10).Rajahmundry (Urban) : Atthi Satyanarayana
11).Denduluru: Gantasala Venkata Lakshmi
12).Narsapuram: Bommidi Nayakar
13).Nidadavolu: Atikala Ramya Sri
14).Tanuku: Pasupuleti Rama Rao
15).Achanta: Javvadi Venkata Vijaya Ram
16).Chintalapudi: Mekala Eswaraiah
17).Avanigadda: Muttamsetty Krishna Rao
18).Pedana: Ankem Lakshmi Srinivas
19).Kaikaluru: BV Rama Rao
20).Vijayawada West: Pothina Venkata Mahesh
21).Vijayawada East: Bathina Ramu
22).Giddalur: SK Riyaz
23).Kovvuru( Nellore) : T Raghaviah
24).Anantapur Urban : Dr K Raja Gopal
25).Rayachoti: SK Hasan Basha
26).Darsi: Sri Bottuku Ramesh
27).Yemmiganur: Rekha Goud
28).Panyam: Chinta Suresh
29).Nandikotkur: Annapureddy Bala Venkat
30).Thamballapalle: Vishwam Prabhakar Reddy
31).Palamaneru: Chillagattu Srikant Kumar
32).Kadapa: Sunkara Srinivas
List of 4 candidates for Lok Sabha election:
1).Araku: Pangi Raja Rao
2).Machilipatnam: Bandreddi Ramu
3).Rajampeta: Syed Mukaram Dandh
4).Srikakulam: Metta Rama Rao