Congress suffered a double blow after Mangalagiri MLA Kandru Kamala and candidate for Narsaraopet Assembly segment, Kasu Mahesh Reddy ruled themselves out of race.

Ms. Kamala made her intentions clear and said that she has already conveyed her decision to PCC chief Raghuveera Reddy. The Congress is now forced to look for another candidate in the constituency.

Kasu Mahesh Reddy, the third generation scion of influential Kasu family, too said that he was opting out of the contest. His father and former minister, Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy is in the fray as Narsaraopet Lok Sabha candidate.

Mr. Reddy said that it would become a huge financial burden for both of them to contest and said that the party would field an alternative candidate.