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Amara Raja's Jay Galla — all charged up to enter politics

M. Somasekhar
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Mr Jay Galla
Mr Jay Galla

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”.

(This article was published on December 27, 2011)
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Comments:

was thinking of buying Amara Raja shares. Thank you for this article. I
now have made up my mind

from:  chandra
Posted on: Dec 27, 2011 at 23:29 IST

Didn't it strike the writer enough to even mention the fact that all the nextGen he mentioned with the sole exception of Meenakshi Natarajan are members of political clans? Democracy has to start within party if democracy and meritocracy has o survive in India.

from:  bharat
Posted on: Dec 28, 2011 at 11:59 IST

Political dynasty is a biggest problem in INDIA.
Its impossible for a common man secure the Political life, as it requires Power of Money,Political dynasty

Very Sad.

from:  Madhu
Posted on: Dec 28, 2011 at 13:21 IST

It will be interesting to see how other promotor Johnson Control take
this news.Will they sell their stake of 26./.,or takeover the co from
Galla.

from:  Hemant
Posted on: Dec 28, 2011 at 19:39 IST

Its important that young, aware, dynamic people come into politics. Jay with exposure into Business, Young Org, Business Org and International exposure could bring an interesting perspective. Dynastic politics is an issue in India, but in this case I think when the person has other options, should be appreciated for the interest in Politics. The hard part will be to balance politics of parties and development of Country.

from:  Shankar Vanavarayar
Posted on: Dec 29, 2011 at 14:59 IST

I totally agree with Shankar. Unlike many others from the dynasties, Jay
brings a unique track record of achievements in Business as well as
working for the larger good. He was instrumental in building 'Young
Indians' during it's initial stages - A initiative from Corporate India
to engage the youth in Nation building.Anyone who's had the opportunity
to interact with him would vouch for his inspiring ability, integrity
and passion for India. We need people like him who've been world class
in whatever they do !!!

from:  Varun Girilal
Posted on: Dec 29, 2011 at 22:52 IST

I think that Mr Galla is a proven commodity in business, both in success and the right way of doing things. Our politics needs brains, insight and people who don't need it as a livelihood. Mr Galla fits the bill.
And about "dynasty"... if you had as commited and contrarian a grandfather like Rajgopal Naidu, who in any case never laid a path for his daughter's entry into politics,it becomes more a responsibility that you enter politics for what you feel needs to be done.
Wish J.Galla all the best.

from:  R.Thomas
Posted on: Jan 2, 2012 at 07:26 IST
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