21-12-201821-12-2018 21:40:39 IST
2018-12-21T16:10:39.118Z21-12-2018 2018-12-21T16:10:30.964Z - - 08-04-2020
Andhra Pradesh IT Minister Nara Lokesh on Thursday said that he would be contesting the upcoming Assembly elections of 2019 in the state. He also said that the decision on the seat would be made by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
Lokesh was addressing journalists, days after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and his father N Chandrababu Naidu said that the TDP was already looking at possible candidates. Lokesh added that the names of 100 candidates set to challenge for the 175 Legislative Assembly seats have been finalized.
Last year Lokesh was enlisted in the state cabinet after the TDP politburo recommended his name to the legislative council. Lokesh was ready to take up any rold which is offered to him by the TDP. He took his oath as National Secretary in March. He was chosen unopposed as an MLC under the MLA quota along with 4 others from the TDP.
Lokesh officially started his political journey in 2013 as the President of TDP's youth wing and rose through the ranks in the subsequent years. In 2015 Chandrababu made him the General Secretary of the party's central committee.
However, Lokesh's rise to fame in such a short time hasn't gone down too well for the opposition parties and they have alleged that he wouldn't even win a ticket had he contested elections on his own.
Looks like the TDP wants to prove all his critics wrong by fielding him from Kuppam according to rumors, this is a constituency which Chandrababu has been holding since 1989.
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