TRS candidate had upset the plans of sitting TDP MLA in the last Assembly election in 2004

HYDERABAD: Though a total of 15 candidates have chosen to test themselves in the battle of ballot for the Secunderabad Assembly constituency, the contest could as well end up revolving around three key combatants.

Representing the main parties, T. Padma Rao (Telangana Rashtra Samiti) whose resignation necessitated the byelection, is facing challenge from T. Srinivas Yadav (Telugu Desam Party) while Pitla Krishna has stepped into the poll arena on behalf of the Congress. Maganti Pradeep Kumar (Lok Satta Party) and Nomula Prakash Rao (Mana Party) are also in the fray.

In the last election, Mr. Padma Rao had frustrated the aspirations of a hat-trick performance by Mr. Yadav, who held the high-profile Tourism portfolio in the N. Chandrababu Naidu Cabinet, and left him fuming over defeat at a close margin of 3,000-odd votes.

Mr. Yadav had won successive elections from the constituency in 1994 and 1999 scoring comfortable victories over Mary Ravindranath of the Congress. Formed in the year 1952, Secunderabad Assembly constituency so far had 12 elections while returning Congress six times and the TDP four times.

The two other results went in favour of Janata Party in 1978 and the TRS the last time.

The constituency comprising a fair sprinkling of voters from all sections and communities is already witness to some hectic campaigning and the task of impressing the electorate spread from Warasiguda, Seethaphalmandi, Mylargadda to Boudhanagar is going to pick as the D-day approaches.

‘Telangana sentiment’

The TRS candidate, who also served as a corporator from Monda, feels assured of a repeat success performance basing his confidence on the separate Telangana issue.

His efforts to reach out to the electorate revolve around the ‘sentiment’ for Statehood and the hope is that the issue would ensure a comfortable victory on his old political foe.

However, the TDP candidate Mr.Yadav has not forgotten the defeat of last time which came more as a surprise for him.

One of the more prominent faces of the party in the city, this for him is an opportunity to settle old scores and also prepare a conducive atmosphere for the real contest that lay few months ahead when the State goes to polls.

Losing out

While the two slug it out, Mr. Krishna would be seeking to bring the constituency which once was a Congress stronghold, back into the party fold.

For the 2004 elections, he was in the forefront for a ticket but the seat went to the TRS under seat sharing for an alliance that Congress had that time.