Nara Lokesh off late is trying to project himself as an aggressive leader. Absolutely there is no wrong with that and in fact, aggressive leaders have more popularity among the people.
He tried to coin a new name to the chief minister in retaliation to he being called as ‘Pappu’ by the YSRCP leaders. He called Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy as “Ganneru Pappu”. The logic being Pappu is OK but it is Ganneru Pappu that is dangerous. He meant to say that chief minister, Y S Jagan was a poisonous and dangerous person.
In the same breath, he tried to answer the criticism about his loss as an MLA in the Mangalagiri Assembly constituency. His logic being, there were several safe seats from where he could have won, but he chose Mangalagiri for a reason. Lokesh wanted to give the TDP a chance to win a seat that the party has last won in 1985.
But going by Lokesh’s logic one wonders why he did not choose to contest from Pulivendula, a seat which TDP has never won since its inception. It would have been even a more prestigious seat to win for TDP by taking the YSRCP chief head-on.
The truth behind Lokesh’scontesting from Managalagiri is that TDP considered it a safe seat for Lokesh. Given that Mangalagiri was in the capital region, TDP had a lot of hopes on winning the capital region seats. It assumed that the farmers and the other sections of the capital region were happy with the development of the region under the TDP regime.
Also, there were initial rumors that Alla Ramakrishna Reddy would not be contesting from Magalagiri. TDP saw this as an opportunity. However things fast changed once Lokesh was the candidate from TDP.
YSRCP during the campaigning mobilized all its resources. Alla was a street smart politician who outwitted Lokesh by saying he will give up this seat in 2024 elections if he wins this seat in 2019. The local leaders saw this as an opportunity at least for the next elections. If Alla wins he was also promised ministry by Jagan. Above all anti-incumbency was the last nail in the coffin.