Krishnam Raju: A unique leader in politics too..Congress to BJP Krishnam Raju’s political reign..

Krishnam Raju: Uppalapati Krishnam Raju, who has made a name for himself as a rebel star in movies, has made his mark in politics as well. He worked as a Union Minister and gained recognition as a politician. He attracted everyone's attention by winning the MP for the first time on behalf of the Bharatiya Janata Party from Kakinada Lok Sabha constituency in the united East Godavari district. In the 1998 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won four seats out of 42 seats in the united Andhra Pradesh. Krishnam Raju won from Kakinada. BJP won only in Rajahmundry, Karimnagar and Secunderabad in the same election. Everyone thinks that Krishna Raju's political rise started with BJP. But Krishnam Raju's political reign first started with the Congress. After entering into active politics in 1990, he contested as Congress candidate from Narasapuram Lok Sabha seat in 1991 Lok Sabha election. He was defeated by Telugu Desam Party candidate Bhupathiraju Vijay Kumar Raju. While Krishnam Raju got 2,59,154 votes, TDP candidate Vijay Kumar Raju got 3,17,703 votes. Krishna Raju stayed away from politics for some time as he did not get positive results in those elections. After receiving an invitation from BJP
He joined Kamalam party.

Krishnamraj got lucky in politics after joining BJP. In 1998, he contested from Kakinada Lok Sabha seat and won by a huge margin of 67,799 votes against the nearest candidate Thota Gopalakrishna of Telugu Desam Party. In that election, Krishnam Raju got 3,30,381 votes. The nearest candidate Thota Gopalakrishna got 262,582 votes. Krishnam Raju won on behalf of BJP by contesting alone without any alliance and created Oricard. He worked as Kakinada MP only for one year. In 1999 elections, he contested as MP from Narasapuram and won. In those elections, he created a record by winning against Congress candidate Kanumuri Bapiraju with a majority of 1,65,948 votes. Being his own district, Krishnam Raju won a huge majority. After winning as MP for the second time, the BJP leadership honored him with the post of Union Minister. He served as Union Minister from 2000 to 2004. He served as Union Minister of State in the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cabinet.

Served as Union Minister of State from 30th September 2000 to 22nd May 2004. He first served as Union Minister of State for External Affairs from 30 September 2000 to 22 July 2001. After that he served as Minister of State for Defense for one year from July 2001 to July 2002. Served as Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution from July 1, 2002 and Union Minister of State for Rural Development from January 29, 2003 to May 22, 2004. He contested as MP from Narasapuram Lok Sabha again in 2004. He was defeated by Chegondi Venkata Harirama Jogaiah of nearest rival Congress by a margin of 64,412 votes. After that, he was not close to politics for some time. In March 2009, he joined the Praja Rajyam Party founded by actor Chiranjeevi.

He contested the 2009 elections from the Rajahmundry Lok Sabha constituency as a Praja Rajyam Party candidate and lost. After the Praja Rajyam Party was merged with the Congress, he joined the Lotus Party in 2013 in the presence of then BJP National President Rajnath Singh. Since then, he has been participating in the election campaign on behalf of the Bharatiya Janata Party, even though he did not contest the direct elections due to his age. Recently there were speculations that he might be appointed as the governor but it did not materialize. Krishnamraju served as a member of various parliamentary committees during his tenure as a member of the Lok Sabha. From 1998 to 1999, he served as a member of the Consultative Committee of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

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