He served as Member of the Legislative Assembly and also as a Member of Parliament in the '80s and '90s. He was a founding member of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). He later joined the Praja Rajyam Party (PRP). He lost in the 2009 elections contesting for Member of Parliament from Chittoor. He has been active in politics since his student days at Sri Venkateswara University. He is a contemporary of Nara Chandra Babu Naidu who is the current president of Telugu Desam Party.
- TALARI MANOHAR - PRAP - Chittoor (ANDHRA PRADESH) Association for Democratic Reforms website, accessed: 13 January 2011