Bharat, grandson of senior Telugu Desam Party leader and former Visakhapatnam MP and founder of Gitam Group of Institutions M V V S Murthy, was married to Balakrishna’s younger daughter Tejaswini in 2013.
Balakrishna’s elder son-in-law Nara Lokesh is already an heir apparent of his father and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
Though Bharat has been keeping a low profile and was mostly confined to taking care of his family business, reports say he has been evincing interest in politics for the last few months.
During 2014 elections, Bharat campaigned for a brief period for Balakrishna in Hindupur assembly segment.
According to reports, Bharat is showing interest in contesting as an MP from Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha constituency and for the last few days, he has been in constant touch with the local TDP leaders and cadre.
In 2014, the TDP sacrificed the seat to BJP as part of alliance and then BJP state president Kambhapati Hari Babu got elected from this constituency.
Now that the TDP parted ways with the BJP, Bharat is keen on contesting from Vizag. But one doubts whether Naidu would oblige his request as Visakhapatnam is a very high-profile constituency and he cannot take risk by fielding a political novice like Bharat, party sources say.
But with the strong support from his grandfather M V V S Murthy and campaign by his father-in-law Balakrishna, Bharat is said to be confident of winning the seat. Watch out for more developments!