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Telangana: In prestige battle, NTR's granddaughter eyes victory in poll debut

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Entry of founder N T Rama Rao's granddaughter has added a new dimension to the political arithmetic in Kukatpally seat of Hyderabad, making it a battle of sorts between the Chandrababu Naidu-led party and K Chandrashekar Rao's TRS.

Parties opposed to the in have extended their support to the TRS in this seat, making it a prestige battle between the two, locals suggested.

is locked in a keen contest against the ruling TRS nominee M Krishnarao, who won from there on a ticket in the 2014 elections, but later switched sides.

Naidu has also held a road-show in her support two days back.

"N T used to say society is a temple and people are gods. (her father) followed the same path. I will serve people following the path shown by them," said, addressing the road-show attended by Naidu.

Dismissing comments that she would not be accessible to voters, she asserted that she would make all efforts to address problems in the constituency. "There are many problems in Kukatpalle like roads, transport, traffic and street lights. I will strive to address them."

She added that she was born and brought up in and is a 'daughter of Telangana'.

TDP workers said Kukatpally is a sound choice for Suhasini considering that the seat has a substantial number of voters who hail from The party hopes that this vote will help them secure the seat given the image of legendary NTR.

A said NTR family's ties with their native district are also expected to go in favour of Suhasini.

Rao, on the other side, is banking on the "popularity" of the TRS government. State and the Telangana chief minister's son K T has canvassed the length and breadth of Kukatpally for him.

Seeking to corner the TDP chief, K T claimed that Suhasini could have been made a in just like Naidu's son but is being made a 'scapegoat'.

"He (Naidu) tried to destabilise our (Telangana) government. He tried to stall our irrigation projects," Rama Rao said.

K T Rama Rao also tried to reach out to the Andhra native voters, saying that the TRS government do not discriminate among people.

The TDP pulled off a surprise by announcing Suhasini as candidate even as other names were doing rounds for Kukatpally.

Analysts said that her candidature is also likely to have a ripple effect among Andhra natives in other seats of in favour of TDP.

Suhasini is the daughter of NTR's son Harikrishna, who recently died in a Her brothers 'junior' NTR and Kalyanram are popular Telugu actors.

Suhasini, a law graduate, said she chose to contest drawing inspiration from her grandfather, father and uncle

Though the BJP has also fielded a candidate from the seat, the contest is being seen as a fight between the TDP and the TRS.

Telangana will go to polls on December 7 and the results will be declared on December 11.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 19:55 IST