YSR Congress Party corporator, representing the 3rd division of city, Boppana Bhava Kumar was nominated by the party to contest the elections from Vijayawada East constituency. Former MLA Yalamanchili Ravi, who joined YSRCP last year, has been expecting the East constituency ticket.
Mr. Bhava Kumar, who is the party in-charge of the constituency, was also the Mayor aspirant from YSRCP in the 2014 municipal elections.
However, a year ago when Yalamanchili Ravi, who won the 2009 election from Praja Rajyam Party with a majority of 190 votes over the Congress candidate Devineni Rajasekhar, has been in high hopes of being offered the ticket.
Contrary to his expectations, the party continued to extend support to Mr. Bhava Kumar and nominated him.
It is learnt that Mr. Ravi is looking at the options of contesting as independent or joining the Jana Sena Party which is yet to announce its candidate for the desired constituency. He is likely to take a decision on Monday.
Rivals become friends
Meanwhile, Vangaveeti Radhakrishnan, who lost to TDP’s Gadde Rammohan Rao in 2014 elections in East constituency, is currently campaigning for the latter after he switched to the Telugu Desam from the YSRCP recently.