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Meet Jayadev Galla, the Amaron batteries owner who powered TDP’s no-confidence motion

By Deepika

New Delhi, July 20: Jayadev Galla, wealthiest parliamentarians belonging to Telugu Desam Party moved the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's National Democratic Alliance government on Friday.

Jayadev Galla

Galla said the saga of Andhra Pradesh during this Modi-Shah regime was a saga of empty promises. He quoted from Mahesh Babu-starrer Telugu movie 'Bharath Ane Nenu', in which an NRI son taking up the reigns of the state following his father's death. Galla said the theme of the movie was "a promise is a promise".

Galla said both the BJP and Congress governments had betrayed Andhra Pradesh. He claimed that the government's reason for not granting a special category status as the state was.

Who is Jayadev Galla

Galla who is an MP from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh while tabling the motion raised the issue of division of his home state in 2014, terming it undemocratic and unscientific. Though at that time UPA was in power, Galla said BJP is also responsible for unfair bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Galla, 52, is a foreign-educated lawmaker from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh is a multi-millionaire industrialist. A first-time parliamentarian, he is the managing director of Amara Raja Group and has been counted among India's best CEOs. He is married to Padmavathi, the daughter of a Telugu filmstar.

The "Amaron" battery is the flagship product of this group which is diversified into several other fronts.

He contested, for the first time, during the general election in 2014 and won with a wide margin. He is one of the wealthiest elected members of the parliament with declared assets worth over Rs 683 crore.

Galla currently is a member of various committees and sub-committees of the parliament which include Standing Committee on Defence, Joint Committee on the Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous Provision (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Committee on Private Members Bills & Resolutions and Consultative Committee, Ministry of Power and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

His attendance in parliament has been 84 per cent and he is known to be among the most articulate MPs.


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