Winning margins of political parties rose in some segments and fell in others
Compared to the results of the by-elections in 2010, the winning margins of the political parties rose in some segments and fell in others, in the seven Assembly constituencies that went to by-polls on March 18.
Though, the candidates in almost all the constituencies were same, the only difference was their party affiliation.
The elections were necessitated by the defection of two TDP MLAs – Jogu Ramanna and Gampa Goverdhan besides Jupally Krishna Rao and T. Rajaiah (both Congress) to the TRS.
Dr. Nagam Janardhan Reddy (suspended TDP MLA) contested as an independent while N. Prasanna Kumar Reddy joined the YSR Congress.
The results show that Dr. Rajaiah (Station Ghanpur), Jogu Ramanna (Adilabad), Jupally Krishna Rao (Kollapur), Prasanna Kumar Reddy (Kovur) and Dr. Janardhan Reddy (Nagarkurnool) improved their winning margins, though they contested on a different party ticket. The only exception was Gampa Goverdhan, whose majority fell from 47,699 (2009) to 44,465.
The most surprising result was that of Mahabubnagar, where an independent N. Rajeswar Reddy had won in the 2009 elections. He was associated with the BJP before switching over to the Praja Rajyam but fighting the elections as an independent on being denied the ticket.
This time around, Y. Srinivas Reddy, quit the TRS and entered the fray as BJP nominee. Mr. Srinivas Reddy scraped through with a margin of 1,875 votes compared to the wining 5,137 vote winning margin of the independent in 2009.
Keywords: Andhra Pradesh bypolls