Srikakulam district used to be the bastion of the Congress party prior to 2014. However, post the bifurcation of the Telugu states, the party was eradicated right from its roots in the district just like anywhere else in AP. The recently held by-poll in Nandyal once again proved that Congress party had lost it’s identity in the state.
Whereas several Congress leaders of Srikakulam district already joined other parties, Kondu Murali and former Union Minister Killi Krupa Rani are the only notable leaders still remained in Congress. Reports are now emerging that Krupa Rani is very soon going to join YSRC party to keep her political career alive.
According to the buzz in Srikakulam political circles, Krupa Rani has been holding discussions with senior leaders of YCP for quite some time but she hasn’t yet joined the party as the Jagan-headed party failed to promise her a ticket to contest the next Assembly elections. Krupa Rani reportedly asked for the ticket of Tekkali where she holds command. When YCP couldn’t meet the demand, she asked for the ticket of Palasa. With Jagan reportedly giving his verbal approval, Krupa Rani may join the main opposition party in AP very soon.
Despite losing the parliament election in 2004, Krupa Rani won in 2009, defeating four-time TDP MP, Yerran Naidu. She served as a Union minister in former PM Manmohan Singh’s cabinet.