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Mallika Begum secures nomination from Vijayawada West, Malladi Vishnu from Vijayawada Central

Koneru Ranga Rao fails to get ticket for daughter from Tiruvuru (SC)

Former MLA Jaleel Khan contemplating moving over to Praja Rajyam

VIJAYAWADA: The names of candidates for the two Lok Sabha constituencies and 16 Assembly segments of Krishna district announced by the Congress high command in New Delhi on Saturday, as part of the State list, did not come as a surprise, though the release of the final list more than a month in advance of elections was in itself a bit of a surprise to the party leaders and activists.

The party re-nominated the candidates who are representing the two LS constituencies as well as the Assembly constituencies that have not undergone a change in nomenclature after delimitation, except in the case of Tiruvuru (SC).

In this constituency, sitting MLA and Minister Koneru Ranga Rao bowed out of electoral politics on the grounds of “advancing age”, but failed, as widely expected, to get the ticket for his daughter and ZPTC member L. Tantia Kumari despite his best efforts. The party announced the candidature of Dirisam Padmajyothi, promoter of the city-based Orchid Educational Society, from here. Ms. Tantia Kumari is learnt to have lost the race primarily because neither Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy nor MP Lagadapati Rajagopal backed her candidature.

In respect of three seats that are now represented by the party MLAs and which have been wound up under delimitation, the high command rehabilitated the sitting MLAs in the new or existing constituencies as per their preference. Thus, Pinnamaneni Venkateswara Rao, Devineni Rajasekhar and K.P. Saradhi got Gudivada, Vijayawada East and Penamaluru, respectively, as expected.

MP has his way

There are no surprises in the case of other constituencies represented by the party’s sitting MLAs, i.e. Nuzvid, Gannavaram, Kaikalur, Machilipatnam, Avanigadda and Jaggayyapeta.

In the case of Mylavaram, the steadfast opposition of Mr. Rajagopal to the candidature of Jogi Ramesh of the Gouda community, which was promoted by the Chief Minister, resulted in Mr. Ramesh being accommodated in Pedana, the newly carved out constituency in East Krishna where a large number of BC voters are expected to play a key role in the poll outcome. Youth Congress leader Appasani Sandeep, who got the ticket for Mylavaram, is said to have been recommended by Rahul Gandhi, and enjoys the important backing of the MP.

In the three constituencies in the city, the MP managed to have his way in the case of Vijayawada West, where his loyalist and former Mayor Mallika Begum secured the nomination. Former MLA Jaleel Khan, who moved heaven and earth to get the ticket here, is reportedly contemplating moving over to the Praja Rajyam for greener pastures. The Chief Minister had the last laugh in the newly created Vijayawada Central, where his protégé and former VGTM-UDA chairman Malladi Vishnu got the nod.

In terms of representation of various communities, no BC candidate has been given ticket in the seven segments falling in West Krishna, while all the three BC candidates who got tickets – Muddaraboina Venkateswara Rao (Yadava – Gannavaram), Mr. Saradhi (Yadava – Penamaluru) and Mr. Ramesh (Goud – Pedana) – are in East Krishna.

In the three reserved constituencies, one Mala candidate – D.Y. Das in Pamarru – and two Madiga candidates – Ms. Padmajyothi in Tiruvuru and Mr. Parameswara Rao in Nandigama – found place. Four Kammas, three Kapus, a Muslim, a Brahmin and a Velama make up the remaining list.