Updated: October 1, 2015 2:35:52 am
Nara Lokesh Naidu, 33, son of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, has been promoted and given the important position of general secretary in the newly constituted Central Committee of the Telugu Desam Party today. Lokesh has also been made an ex-officio member of the politburo.
While it is quite clear that Naidu wants his son to take on more responsibilities within the party and be projected as a future leader, several party leaders and cadres have also been asking for his elevation and to bring him into focus — especially following the bifurcation of the state and the TDP’s victory in the elections last May. Naidu had been reluctant to let Lokesh contest the last elections but he will contest in 2019.
Interestingly, Lokesh, who is popular among TDP cadres will now be pitted against YSR Congress Party’s Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.
In May 2013, Naidu first introduced Lokesh to the party when he made him head of TDP Youth Wing. Till then, Lokesh had been executive director of the family-owned Heritage Foods Ltd which is now looked after by his wife.
Lokesh was later made coordinator of TDP Cadre Welfare Fund and since then had been attending many TDP youth functions and programmes.
This is the first time that the TDP has constituted a central committee. Sources said that the party wants to go national since besides being the ruling party in Andhra Pradesh, it has a presence in Telangana. Also, recently the TDP won two seats in the Andaman municipal elections, and may contest the next general elections. The TDP is also thinking of a foray into the north Karnataka region which has Telugu-speaking populations.
The central committee has been constituted to ensure the smooth functioning of party in these areas and Lokesh will be overseeing that while Naidu is busy with AP and establishing the new state capital. Stanford-educated Lokesh has been mainly a backroom boy in TDP, fixing schedules and organizing logistics for his father’s travels and TDP’s campaigns.
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