TDP national general secretary Nara Lokesh will be playing a key role in TDP as well as in the government in the years to come. The TDP politburo took a decision to nominate Lokesh as MLC for the Legislative Council. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu wants to induct Lokesh into the cabinet in the next expansion. The TDP leaders have opined that Lokesh all qualities to emerge as political heir to Chandrababu Naidu. The TDP wants to project Lokesh as Chief Ministerial candidate for 2019 elections.