Younger brother Jalagam Venkat Rao is TRS legislator from Kothagudem constituency
With less than a year to go for the next general elections, political circles in the district are agog with speculations about the possible re-entry of former Congress Minister Jalagam Prasada Rao into Congress party to play a proactive role to help the party regain its past glory in the district.
Mr Rao has virtually remained aloof from the Congress party activities for more than a decade ever since he was suspended from the party in late 90s. But he has been maintaining regular rapport with masses by frequently visiting his native village, Kuppenakuntla in Penuballi mandal of Sattupalli constituency.
The senior politician, who served as a Minister in the State Cabinet for a long stint in the undivided Andhra Pradesh more than two decades ago, still holds considerable sway over the masses in the district, especially in Sattupalli constituency, which he represented for long in 80s.
His younger brother Jalagam Venkat Rao has been playing a key role in the ruling TRS party as MLA from the prestigious Kothagudem constituency.
Admirers of former Chief Minister late Jalagam Vengala Rao have long been insisting on the re-entry of Mr Prasad Rao into active politics to take forward the legacy of his father who led the Congress party to new heights of success in the past.
Speculations are rife among Congress circles about his re-entry into the party with his frequent reappearance in functions involving a cross section of people in Sattupalli constituency and elsewhere in the district.
Mr Prasad Rao participated in an Iftar party hosted by the local Congress leaders in Sattupalli a few days ago. He is scheduled to attend an Iftar party in Kallur on Monday, sources close to him said. Congress party needs the services of senior leaders like Mr Prasad Rao to regain its past glory and make the ruling TRS bite the dust in the 2019 general elections, said Manavata Rai, official spokesperson, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee.
Mr. Rao trounced T. Nageswara Rao, the present Roads and Buildings Minister in the TRS government, in 1983 against all odds, when the latter contested from the then newly-formed TDP headed by late N T Rama Rao, he recalled.