The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) has announced the MLA candidature of former Inspector General of Police, Shaik Mohammed Iqbal from Hindupur assembly constituency.
Shaik Iqbal will be contesting the assembly polls against Telugu cinema actor and sitting MLA Nandamuri Balakrishna.
Shaik Mohammed Iqbal joined the YSRCP shortly after his retirement as Rayalaseema Inspector General of Police.
It is common knowledge that Hindupur has always remained a stronghold of the Telugu Desam. NT Rama Rao won thrice as MLA from Hindupur and served as the chief minister twice. He remained the Hindupur MLA till his last breath. Later, NTR’s son late Nandamuri Harikrishna was elected as MLA. Currently, NTR’s son Nandamuri Balakrishna is representing Hindupur segment.
According to sources, YCP decided to field retired IPS officer Iqbal as the MLA candidate from Hindupur after assuring MLC posts to both YCP leaders Naveen Nischal and Abdul Ghani.