Vastavam web: Well-known industrialist and former MLA Bollineni Krishnaiah has joined Telugu Desam Party in the presence of CM Chandrababu Naidu. He is expected to contest from Atmakur assembly constituency in Nellore district in 2019 elections. Naidu is bringing in Krishnaiah in order to give a tight fight to the Mekapati family who is likely to renominate sitting MLA Gautham Reddy in contest once again on YCP ticket.
Bollineni’s strong business background is considered an asset for TDP to take on the affluent Mekapati family. TDP is not favouring renomination of Guturu Kanna Babu over whom YCP Gautham Reddy won with a massive majority of 31,412 votes in 2014 when YSR sentiment was strong in Nellore district just like Telangana sentiment in the other Telugu state.
With the entry of Bollineni, the Atmakur segment will witness a high-profile fight between two business tycoons which means there will be use of money power excessively. Bollineni Krishnaiah won from Atmakur in 1999 on Congress ticket. Later, Krishnaiah unsuccessfully contested in 2004 on BJP ticket when he got 38,950 votes despite BJP being weak in Atmakur segment. At that time, independent Kommi Lakshmaiah Naidu won the seat.