Yemmiganur –The political landscape in Yemmiganur constituency unfolds, it sets the stage for a formidable electoral clash between family members. The upcoming elections in the region seem poised for a face-off between Butta Renuka and Machani Somnath, who share familial ties.
Though the official announcement of Somnath’s candidacy from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is pending, insiders suggest that the decision is almost finalized, viewed as advantageous for the party. The political drama began when sitting MLA K Chennakesava Reddy expressed his interest in representing the constituency, but his aspirations were reportedly set aside by the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) leadership.
In pursuit of securing a ticket, Reddy first proposed the candidacy of his son, K Jagan Mohan Reddy, which did not materialize. Undeterred, Reddy then suggested Machani Venkatesh’s name. Responding to Chennakesava Reddy’s persistence, the YSRCP accepted the proposal initially, appointing Venkatesh as the constituency in-charge.
However, the dynamics changed when Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy reassigned the responsibilities to former MP Butta Renuka, who belongs to the weaver community (BCs). Although Renuka’s candidacy is yet to be officially confirmed, she has been entrusted with the constituency’s responsibilities.
This deviation from the established political landscape is significant as the YSRCP considers fielding a BC candidate for the first time in Yemmiganur’s electoral history. Meanwhile, the Telugu Desam Party is set to continue its long-standing tradition of fielding candidates from the BV Mohan Reddy family, with BV Jaya Nageshwar Reddy representing the party since 2014.
In a surprising twist, the TDP is introducing Machani Somnath, Butta Renuka’s son-in-law, as her political opponent. Somnath, hailing from a political family, brings a notable lineage, with his forefather Machani Shivanna serving as a municipal chairman. His mother and father have also contested as councilors, and a relative, Machani Harati Jagadeesh, served as a municipal chairman.
The electoral dynamics are further influenced by the constituency’s demographics, boasting the highest number of BC voters, with weavers constituting a substantial portion of the electorate. As the political stage takes shape, the residents of Yemmiganur anticipate an intense electoral battle between family members, adding a unique dimension to the upcoming elections.