YSRCP leader Padmanabham changes name after failing to defeat Pawan Kalyan

'Nobody forced me to change my name. I have changed it on my own volition'

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Senior YSRCP leader Mudragada Padmanabham has officially changed his name to 'Padmanabha Reddy', fulfilling his pledge made during the election campaign, after he failed to ensure the defeat of Janasena chief Pawan Kalyan in the recently concluded assembly polls.

The septuagenarian changed his name following the victory of Kalyan in Pithapuram assembly constituency. In the run-up to the polls, the YSRCP leader had challenged that he would defeat Pawan Kalyan.

“Nobody forced me to change my name. I have changed it on my own volition,” Reddy told media.

However, he complained that the Janasena chief's fans and followers were allegedly abusing him.

“The youth who love you (Pawan Kalyan) are incessantly dropping expletive messages. In my view this is not right. Rather than abusing, do one thing, eliminate us (all family members),” said Reddy.

Reddy, a prominent Kapu community leader and former minister has campaigned for Kapu reservation. He joined the YSRCP a few months before the elections.

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