Leaving IRS mid Feb 2019 was a decision of both my heart and mind!
Village in me never left despite my 37 years stay in towns and big cities. Over time, villages turned poor. Depleted of their dynamism, villages have become dull. Agriculture remained stagnant. People and governments invested less and less in villages and agriculture to create avenues for employment to rural people. Born there, I felt it as my duty to do something for rural areas that are close to my heart.
My MPA study at LKY School (NUS) in 2010-11 helped me understand my potential. My study of Singapore Public Administration and it's growth story encouraged me to do some thing for India, least for my native area, UttarAndhra!
Scope to carry heart's work as bureaucrat is limited. As bureaucrat I was focussed on work given. I had a choice between a steady career growth for 7 years vs uncertain new political career for 20 years. I decided in favour of the latter leaving the comfort zone.
I have been working on the idea of a new party eversince the end of 2019 General Elections. My intricate knowledge about history, culture, social and behavioural aspects of UttarAndhra people convinced me to go ahead with the new party with the goal of UttarAndhra State (province). My consultation with dozens of people in different places of UttarAndhra reinforced it.
Result of last four years work is Resolve to go ahead with UttarAndhra Party and go to polls in 2024 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. Target is to sweep in UttarAndhra (53 MLAs and 8 MPs).
I thank my immediate family members and friends who supported me during the last four years journey.