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Balakrishna to contest for assembly from Hindupur on TDP ticket



Close on the heels of box office hit of his latest film “Legend”, popular Telugu actor Nandamuri Balakrishna will not wait for long to cash in on the newly-found support base by deciding to contest the assembly election from Hindupur constituency in Seemandhra region on the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ticket.

TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu gave the green signal to his brother-in-law at a meeting on Saturday, putting to end the suspense over the constituency, that stood by his father and TDP founder NT Rama Rao.

Balakrishna, son of N.T. Rama Rao, also held a meeting with sitting legislator from Hindupur Abdul Gani and other TDP leaders from Anantapur district before finalizing his constituency. He will file nomination on April 16.

In Hindupur, Balakrishna fans took to streets, burst firecrackers and distributed sweets as the news reached them on Friday evening. Elections to the assembly in Seemandhra are scheduled on May 7.

Balayya, as the actor is known to his relatives, friends and fans, entered politics two years ago but remained tied to films most of the time. Since, Hindupur is considered a safe seat for the TDP where the party never lost since its inception in 1983, he chose it.

His father NTR was elected from Hindupur in 1985, 1989 and 1994. His elder son N. Harikrishna was elected in 1996 by-polls, after NTR’s death.

Harikrishna, a politburo member of TDP, fell out with Naidu after the latter started promoting his son Lokesh as his successor. Harikrishna is reportedly keen to see his son and young actor Junior NTR take reins of the party.

Balayya, whom NTR had once described as his political heir, had campaigned for the TDP in 2009 elections. The 53-year-old actor’s daughter is also married to Naidu’s son recently. (IANS)

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