Ashok Gajapathi Raju retirement: Former Union Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju is rumored to be contemplating an exit from politics amid reports of his dissatisfaction with the leadership of the TDP. His reduced involvement in party activities, coupled with his frequent stays in Hyderabad and occasional visits to Vizianagaram, fuel these speculations.
During the current election period, Raju’s behavior has raised suspicions, particularly due to his reported discontent with the TDP leadership. Allegedly, Raju had initially sought two tickets for his family members to contest in the elections but is now reconsidering his options after learning that only one ticket might be available.
Originally proposed as a candidate for the Assembly, Raju is now being considered for the MP seat of Vizianagaram. However, tensions have arisen as Raju intends to nominate his daughter, Aditi Gajapathiraj, for the Assembly, a move opposed by the party’s high command.
The high command is reportedly inclined to allocate the Assembly seat to a candidate from the BC community, a decision contested by both Raju and the Jana Sena party, which also seeks the same seat.
Rumors suggest Ashok Gajapathi Raju retirement is a concerted effort to diminish the influence of the Ashok family in Vizianagaram, which has left Raju disheartened. There are murmurs that he may soon announce his retirement from politics.
Despite these tensions, the TDP high command is pushing for the nomination of a BC candidate, a former MLA, for the Vizianagaram seat, further exacerbating the rift with Raju.
Supporters of Raju express their discontent with the high command’s treatment of a senior party member, fearing that his withdrawal from politics could adversely affect the TDP’s prospects in the district.
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