Mudragada to launch a new political party?

The stage is set for the launch of a new political party in Andhra Pradesh, exclusively to fight for political representations to the Kapu community across the state.

According to reports in a section of the media, former minister and Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham is considering launching the new political party for Kapus and his associated sub-castes in the state.

Although his main goal is not to seize power at this point, he wants to secure as many seats as possible for Kapus, so that they are the deciding factor in forming the next government in Andhra Pradesh.

The Kapus, who make up nearly 15% of the state’s electorate, are predominant in the eastern and western districts of Godavari, in addition to parts of Visakhapatnam and Krishna district.

The districts of Godavari together represent 35 assembly seats in the 175-member National Assembly. If Mudragada’s new party managed to win a majority of those seats, it would be a big blow to the next government, sources said.

However, so far the idea is still in its infancy and it would take some time to bring the proposal to fruition.

It is learned that Mudragada has had secret discussions with important Kapu leaders in recent times to strategize.

There is also a discourse that Mudragada might not limit himself to Kapus alone, but spread the web to other backward classes and Dalits as well.

“He is also in contact with several leaders in British Columbia so that it is a broader political platform in the coming days,” sources said.

It is not immediately clear whether Mudragada would also involve power star Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena party in his plan and if that happens, it would be a big boost for the Kapu leader.

However, Pawan is reportedly keen to partner with a bigger party like the TDP in the next election, sources added.

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