Correspondent

Non-cooperation from senior party leaders is making him jittery

TDP has an edge over other two parties in Therlam

PRP nominee, though a new face to politics, is giving a stiff fight

Vizianagaram: R.V. Sujaya Krishna Ranga Rao, the sitting Congress MLA from Bobbili is on sticky wicket and the election, considering his ancestral clout, turned prestigious for him. Non-cooperation from senior party leaders, particularly belonging to Koppula Velamas, the dominant caste in the constituency, is really making him jittery. He is facing Tentu Lakshmi Naidu, sitting TDP MLA from Therlam and Merupula Venkataramana of Praja Rajyam, a political novice; both belong to Koppula Velamas and seven more contestants. The dominant caste had already vented its ire at the Congress for ignoring it in the allotment of seats. The first to raise a revolt was none other than Vasireddy Varada Rama Rao, Congress MLC, who was a strong aspirant for the seat after Therlam constituency was scrapped in the reorganization process. Further, in the delimitation, Therlam, Badangi and Ramabhadrapuram mandals merged with Bobbili. Mr. Ranga Rao is introducing himself to voters in these three mandals.

In the simultaneous elections to LS and Assembly in 2004, while Mr. Ranga Rao won by a margin of 12,690 votes over his nearest TDP rival S.V. Ch. Appala Naid, Botcha Jhansi Lakshmi, then Congress nominee for Bobbili LS seat, polled 9,865 votes more than her rival Kondapalli Pydithalli Naidu in the segment.

Later, in the by-election to Bobbili LS in December 2006, Jhansi Lakshmi contested against Kondapalli Appala Naidu (TDP). This time Mrs. Jhansi got a mere 541 votes more than Mr. Naidu.

As the TDP nominee S.V. Ch. Appala Naidu received a drubbing in1999 and 2004, it now fielded Mr. Lakshmi Naidu. Mr. Appala Naidu who initially threatened to be in the field as a rebel is working hard for the party’s victory.

Appikonda Sriramulu Naidu, TDP ZPTC member from Ramabhadrapuram, who quit the TDP and joined Praja Rajyam, came back to the party fold.

As a result, TDP has an edge over other two parties. The PRP nominee Merupula Venkataramana, though a new face to politics, is giving a stiff fight.

His nativity and employment at the same place for many years are an advantage for him.