Jaydev Galla, Managing Director of the Rs 2000-crore turnover Amara Raja Batteries, has decided to take the plunge into politics. He will power up the Congress party.
Two decades ago, just after finishing his Masters in Political Science from the US which had been his home for 18 years since he was 4, Jay Galla returned to India to join his father, Ramachandra Naidu Galla. The senior Galla, a first generation entrepreneur, founded the Amara Raja Group in the backward villages of Chittoor district.
About his decision to join politics, which he thinks is his calling, Jay Galla says he can bring to politics the strategies and experiences learnt in ther corporate world.
For Jay Galla, also Chairman of CII-AP, politics is practically in the genes. The Galla family of Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh has for long been in that field. His mother is Galla Aruna Kumari, three time legislator and State Minister for Mines and Geology.
His grandfather, Paturi Ragajopala Naidu, was two-time MP from Chittoor (1977-84), representing the Congress (I). “My grandfather, who was also a social worker, had a profound impact on me in many ways,” he recalls during a freewheeling discussion with Business Line.
In joining the Congress (I), Jay Galla will be strengthening the hands of the Next Generation that is rising behind Mr Rahul Gandhi.
The party's other young leaders include Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora, Agatha Sangma, Deependra Singh Hooda and Meenakshi Natarajan. Interestingly, Jay Galla and family has good rapport with the young Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, whose family also hails from Chittoor district. Mr Kiran Kumar's father, N. Amarnath Reddy, was a Minister and respected politician in Andhra Pradesh.
So, how soon will Jay Galla enter the fray? It could be early next year, according to political pandits. With Tollywood megastar and Praja Rajyam Party president Chiranjeevi, who represents the Tirupati constituency in Chittoor district, tipped for a Rajya Sabha seat and a Central Ministry even, indicators are that Jay Galla will contest the possible byelection.
As Chairman of CII-AP, Jay Galla contributes much to the Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu (million jobs for the youth) scheme of the State, promoting the concept of distributed development to ensure that rural people do not migrate for jobs.
He claims that Amara Raja Group's factories in Diguvamagham and Petamitta villages of Chittoor have achieved this.
“We have seen a tripling of population due to employment created. So, take manufacturing facilities to villages, instead of bringing workers to urban areas”.