As if adding credence to fervent pleas made by several speakers and scholars on the imperativeness of educated people entering politics, five young techies - one with a post-graduate degree in engineering and the other four with bachelors’ degree - are contesting the Rajahmundry civic polls as official candidates and independents.
These political greenhorns successfully completed their campaign duty on Friday and are preparing for the all-important polling day on March 30.
Barla Vijay, who is a M. Tech from Andhra University, took the plunge as an independent from 1 Division of the city. A keen activist known for his fight on social issues, Vijay came into the limelight while he was focussing on the Havelock Bridge issue. “I got offers from both the TDP and the YSRC. But, I want to contest as an independent. I know it will difficult to get funds on par with the ruling party corporators. Yet, I wish to contest as independent,” the techie said.
Paidimalla Mercy Priya is another young student of technology, contesting from 30 Division on TDP ticket. She is a B. Tech student.
Minister and TDP senior leader Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary said that there were three engineering graduates, two management graduates and another five post-graduates contesting on the party ticket.
“The present day trend shows that educated youngsters are willing to take up social responsibility by joining politics,” he added.
Majji Mounica Sudharani, who is contesting on TDP ticket from 6 Division, is an engineer, and her party colleague M. Durga Srinivas, is a double graduate with B. Tech and MBA in finance degrees. He is in fray from 41 Division.
Chintakunta Rajaneesh Reddyhas thrown in his hat in the ring as a TDP candidate from 20 Division.