Kiran not to contest; fields brother in Pileru

The integrationist Jai Samaikhyandhra Party (JSP) founded by former chief minister Nallari Kirankumar Reddy received a rude shock with the founder deciding to stay away from elections.

Kiran launched the JSP on March 6 and opted for Chappal symbol for his party in the ensuing elections.

Even though JSP sources were hinting on Kiran’s nomination at Pileru constituency on Saturday, in Chittoor district his younger brother Kishore Kumar Reddy filed the papers while Kiran looked on. Later at the rally he announced that he has decided to stay away this time. “This way I will be free to fight for unification of the state,” Kiran told his bemused supporters. He added that he will concentrate on campaigning for JSP candidates.

“My brother will be there to take care of Pileru’s welfare,” Kiran said. In fact, it was Kishore who has been calling the shots in Pileru in the absence of his big brother Kiran, and the Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has raised this issue several times in the Assembly to corner Kiran.

Ironically, former Congress minister Shailajanath, the force behind Kiran’s JSP, but who ditched him for greener pastures was on Saturday turned down by TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu. In fact TDP assured him a seat when Shailajanath was looking for a way out from JSP as he considered that the party had no chance to survive. But Naidu gave the B-form for TDP to Pamidi Yamini. She has already filed the nomination papers.

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