RGV Fight With Vangaveeti Music Director :

Vangaveeti Ranga entered public life after his brother Vangaveeti Radha Krishna was killed. His political career began in 1981, when he ran in the municipal election and the Congress Party withdrew its official candidate in his favor. His rival in the district, Devineni Rajasekhar, (Nehru), was sponsored by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which was dominated by the Kamma caste, while Ranga became a leader of the Kapu community. Ranga became an MLA for the Congress Party in 1985; Rajasekhar became a TDP MLA, and eventually a minister. Starting in 1983 both parties were implicated in gang warfare, which was fed by caste rivalry; N. T. Rama Rao was at the time the first Kamma Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The gang warfare in Vijayawada dated further back; Ranga had served time in prison for the murder of Rajasekhar’s brother Gandhi. On March 10, 1988, Rajasekhar’s brother Murali was killed, and followers of Ranga were accused. Ranga also campaigned against police abuse.

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