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Though he submitted papers, he did not sign on the affidavit

He got the ticket after bitter fight with former minister

Officials accused of changing his nomination papers

ONGOLE: The nomination of Kadiri Baburao, TDP candidate for Kanigiri Assembly seat, was rejected on Monday providing anti-climax to the drama enacted in his selection.

Kadiri Baburao, a pearl merchant, who was a college mate of cine actor, N. Balakrishna, got the ticket after a bitter fight with former minister and former chairman of Zilla Parishad, Mukku Kasi Reddy. Mr. Kasi Reddy made a strong bid for re-nomination but in vain.

When Mr. Balakrishna came to the district for a five-day tour last month, the party entrusted the responsibility of making arrangements on Mr. Baburao.

Mr. Kasi Reddy took it as a clear signal for sidelining him.

As the party did not respond to his demand to announce his candidature on the eve of Balakrishna’s visit, he kept himself away from the tour.

As feared by him, the party announced Mr. Baburao as its candidate for Kanigiri seat.

Though he submitted two sets of nominations, he did not sign on the affidavit.

So officials rejected both the nominations dashing his hopes.

No dummy candidate

Visibly upset, Mr. Baburao broke down at the press conference and accused the officials for changing his nomination papers in collusion with Congress leaders. No dummy candidate filed nomination on his behalf leaving TDP with no candidate in Kanigiri.

Interestingly, two of his henchmen filed their nominations as independents mainly to get vehicle passes. He may have to support one of the weaklings now!

For the reserved Kondepi constituency, officials rejected the nomination of Kalyani and declared the nomination of Swamy as official TDP candidate.

The party declared Kalyani as its candidate first and issued B Form in her favour. After she filed her nomination, the party changed the candidate and issued another B Form in favour of Swamy at the instance of Damancharla Janardhan, son of former minister, Anjaneyulu.

Officials found the nomination of Swamy in order and rejected the nomination of Kalyani.

In Addanki, officials rejected the nomination of Bachina Chenchu Garataiah, rebel TDP candidate on the plea he did not take the oath.

Mr. Garataiah who had moved earth and heaven to get party ticket for Addanki seat, felt disappointed as the party chose to re-nominate its district president, Karanam Balaramakrishna Murthi to contest again.

Mr. Garataiah filed nomination as independent.

Assurance

Following an assurance from the Chief Minister, Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy that he would be elected to the Council, Mr. Garataiah decided to retire in favour of Congress candidate.

He intentionally abstained from oath taking.