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Boost to TDP; YSRC suffers jolt

B.V.S. Bhaskar
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Rowtu Suryaprakasa Rao’s wife stays away from contest

BJP city president Kshatriya Balasubrahmanyam (with folded hands) going in a rally to file his nomination for 24th ward in Rajahmundry on Thursday.— PHOTO: S. RAMBABU
BJP city president Kshatriya Balasubrahmanyam (with folded hands) going in a rally to file his nomination for 24th ward in Rajahmundry on Thursday.— PHOTO: S. RAMBABU

At the end of filing of nominations for Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation elections, the Telugu Desam Party appears to have edge to clinch majority wards and also Mayor post. Sudden developments before the culmination of nominations have boosted morale of TDP cadre. Whereas YSRC suffered a big jolt as its nominee and wife of MLA Rowtu Suryaparakasa Rao, who is supposed to file papers as the party mayoral candidate, withdrew from the contest in the last-minute. The tactical move by former minister Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary to rope in CC Channel managing director and former Congress corporator Pantam Kondal Rao and his close associate and leading auditor V. Bhaskarram into TDP fold paid off. TDP’s decision to field Pantam Rajani Seshasai for Mayor post has changed entire municipal election scenario.

Both Mr. Suryaprakasa Rao and Mr. Kondal Rao represent Kapu community. The community equations and doubts over mustering enough support from his followers put Mr. Suryaprakasa Rao in an embarrassing situation and finally he or his wife did not turn up on the last day of nominations. When asked Mr. Suryaprakasa Rao said “some family issues have stopped my wife from coming out of the house”. The last-minute decision of Mr. Suryaprakasa Rao’s family put the YSRC leaders in a quandary. YSRC president Jaganmohan Reddy asked his party leaders to look for the best alternative on Thursday morning, the final day of nominations, but the party leaders could not name any one. However, T. Visweswara Reddy, co-convener of the YSRC, has appealed to the party’s top leadership to declare his wife Umamaheswari, who filed nomination, as the party candidate for Mayor. But, no official announcement came from the party till now.

539 file papers

Meanwhile, 539 nominations were filed for 50 wards in the corporation. The highest number of nominations (172) were filed by YSR Congress and 144 candidates filed their nominations from Telugu Desam. Independents filed 127, Congress 32, BJP 26, Lok Satta Party 10, other recognised parties 15, BSP-4 and CPI 1. According to Returning Officer and Commissioner S. Ravindrababu, the scrutiny would be held on March 16 and last date for withdrawals would be March 18. The total number of 2,42,885 voters are expected to exercise their franchise.


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