‘Hope against hope’ always makes people go against all odds. That is what this Narasapur based doctor is doing.

Meet Dandepu Basvanandam, a practicing homeopathy doctor from Narsapur in Medak district. Once represented as the president of the Ramanthapur Homeo Medical College affiliated to Osmania University, the zeal to be in the forefront in politics has always been there in him. Being chased by the zeal, he unsuccessfully contested ZPTC elections from Narsapur five years back.

This time, Dr. Basvanandam filed nomination as Independent candidate from Narsapur Assembly constituency against former Women and Child Welfare Minister V. Sunitha Lakshma Reddy. Later, he was allotted ticket by the YSR Congress party and B form was extended to him.

When asked about his presence in politics, he says:

Why should not I be in politics. I have always been serving people as a doctor for the past 23 years? I feel that people need better leaders to serve them as all the politicians are facing one or the other corruption allegations,” he told The Hindu , adding that he is confident that people will vote for him as they know his services as a doctor.

As the busy campaigning is on, this doctor attends clinics on designated dates in Sangareddy, Medak, Siddipet, Narsapur and Hyderabad in the evening while participating in campaigns in the morning.

“I don’t want disappoint my regular patients who are dependent on me. That is how I work when I have to attend to a responsibility,” he says.

While admitting that he is taking on a mighty leader with ‘manpower and money-power,’ Dr. Baswanandam takes the example of former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as an example.

“Had anyone expected that Mr. Kejriwal would defeat three-time Chief Minister of Delhi in the elections?” he asks.

When referred to corruption allegations against Mr. Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, the doctor says that there are no exceptions in facing allegations and that people will decide on whom to vote.

YSRC candidate Dandepu Basvanandam all set to take on Sunitha Lakshma Reddy