Ponguru Narayana Seeks Re-election in Nellore City, Promises Development

Former Municipal Administration Minister Ponguru Narayana seeks re-election in Nellore City Assembly constituency, promising to develop Nellore into a "Smart Nellore". The election outcome will impact Andhra Pradesh's capital city and reflect the people's trust in the current government's policies.

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Ponguru Narayana Seeks Re-election in Nellore City, Promises Development

Ponguru Narayana Seeks Re-election in Nellore City, Promises Development

Former Municipal Administration Minister and educationist Ponguru Narayana is seeking re-election in the Nellore City Assembly constituency in the upcoming Andhra Pradesh state assembly elections scheduled for June 4, 2024. Narayana, who held the ministerial post between 2014 and 2019, claims that the numerous projects sanctioned and executed during his tenure have not reached the beneficiaries after the change of guard in 2019.

Why this matters: The outcome of this election will not only impact the development of Nellore City but also decide the fate of Andhra Pradesh's capital city, with significant implications for the state's infrastructure and economy. The election result will also reflect the people's trust in the current government's policies and vision for the state's future.

Narayana has outlined his key promises and achievements, aiming to develop Nellore into a "Smart Nellore" by building physical infrastructure and providing employment and livelihood opportunities for the people. He plans to complete infrastructure projects, including TIDCO houses, underground drainage system (UDS), and Shadi Mahal, which were initiated during the TDP regime. "Nellore voters have seen what I have done before 2019. The facilities are ready but not served to the people. If seeing is believing, they will surely support me," said Ponguru Narayana.

To counter the lethargy typically associated with urban constituencies, Narayana has formed micro-level teams, with 3,000 influencers/activists mapped to 94,000 households, divided into 240 polling booths. He has also implemented outreach projects, such as infrastructure upgrades at the 400-year-old Barashaheed Dargah, a permanent building for the fish market, and civic support at Mansoor Nagar, to connect with Muslim voters. In the 2019 elections, Narayana received 42% votes in Muslim localities, compared to his predecessor's 22% votes.

Narayana has the support of Nellore Lok Sabha candidate Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy and plans to bring several central projects to Nellore city in the next five years. The two leaders recently rallied together in a grand procession through Nellore City, which witnessed an overwhelming response from supporters and residents. "I reiterated my commitment to comprehensive progress for the city," said Dr. Ponguru Narayana, highlighting the need for coordinated efforts between the city MLA and MP candidates.

The upcoming Andhra Pradesh state assembly elections will not only decide the fate of the Nellore City constituency but also the state's capital city. The ruling YSR Congress party, led by Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, has proposed three capitals (Visakhapatnam, Kurnool, and Amaravati), while the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), led by former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, is pushing for a single capital at Amaravati. The fate of Amaravati hangs in the balance, with 28,000 farmers who gave up their lands for the project waiting anxiously for the election outcome.

As the election campaign heats up, Ponguru Narayana's promises of development and his track record as a former minister have positioned him as a strong contender in the Nellore City constituency. With the support of his party and the people, Narayana aims to secure a victory and continue his work towards the progress of Nellore and its residents.