Is Chief Minister and YSRCP chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s decision to nominate Rayalaseema former IG of police Mohammad Iqbal for the MLC post going to benefit diehard YSRCP activist and former Hindupur Municipal chairperson Navin Nishchal? It appear’s so. Navin Nishchal has been with the YSRCP for nearly a decade and was Hindupur civic chief.
Known to be quite popular due to his work in the constituency, he had fought against Nandamuri Balakrishna and lost. In 2019, he stood down to pave way for Mohammed Iqbal. He had worked for Iqbal in the election. Iqbal lost narrowly to Balakrishna. After his shock defeat, YS Jagan promised to make him an MLC and he kept his word by nominating him as the party candidate.
This would mean that the decks are now cleared for Navin Nischal for the next assembly elections. He would have no opposition to contest from Hindupur this time. So, this is Jagan’s way to keep contenders within the party happy.