Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu's son, Nara Lokesh, could soon be inducted into the state's cabinet, as he was elected unopposed to the state's Legislative Council on Friday afternoon, under the MLAs quota.
Lokesh was one of five candidates of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) who were elected, along with two other candidates of the YSRCP.
According to reports, the Legislature Secretary (in charge) and Returning Officer K Satyanarayana Rao declared that the seven nominees were elected, after the deadline to withdraw nominations ended on Friday.
Along with Lokesh for Chittoor district, the TDP had nominated Batchula Arjunudu for Krishna district, Karanam Balaram and Pothula Sunitha for Prakasam district and also Dokka Manikya Varaprasad for Guntur district.
Alla Srinivas and Gangula Prabhakar Reddy were nominated from the YSRCP.
The elections were called after the seats fell vacant, as several members finished their six-year term.
With the unopposed election, the path is now clear for Lokesh to become a state minister.
For several months now, there have been calls from within the TDP, for Lokesh's induction in the state cabinet. The businessman-politician had already stated that the decision was ultimately up to the party, and he was ready to take on any responsibility that the TDP gave him.
Though he was working on the sidelines since the 2009 elections, Lokesh officially joined politics only in 2013 when he started off as the President of the TDP's youth wing.
In September 2015, Naidu promoted his son, making him an ex-officio member of the politburo and the general secretary of the party's central committee.