Deo lost to YSRCP’s Kothapalli Geetha in 2014. The TDP is expected to field him from Araku in the coming elections. Deo was Minister for Tribal Welfare and Panchayati Raj in the UPA government from 2011 to 2014.
Former colleagues in the Congress call Deo a “gentleman” politician. “He is not a mass leader or for that matter a local satrap. In fact, he has never been in Andhra Pradesh politics or part of any clique or group, in the state or in Delhi,” says a Congress leader.