The race for the Zilla Parishad chief post in Chittoor district turned hectic in Telugu Desam and YSR Congress parties with unprecedented nominations for the ZP territorial constituencies (ZPTCs).
As of now, for 65 ZPTCs, as many as 169 nominations were filed by the TDP candidates, followed by 153 by the YSR Congress, 37 by the Congress and 65 by the Independents. TDP district president Jangalapalle Srinivasulu said that as of now three women (general) are in fray for the ZP chief post, including former Rajya Sabha member Durga Ramakrishna from Chittoor rural.
Two other senior TD leaders have fielded their spouses from Chittoor rural and Ramachandrapuram mandals.
Apart from this, as many as 30 ZPTCs are reserved for General and General-women categories, which led to infighting not only in the TDP but also in the YSRC.
At a time when the TDP is in upbeat mood with exodus of leaders from the Congress in a big way, this infighting has become a big headache to the party.
TDP former MP Durga Ramakrishna told The Hindu that the party high command sought her to file her nomination for the Chittoor ZPTC, with a view to make her the ZP chief. Coming to the YSRC, the decision of the YSRC leader and former Minister Peddireddi Ramachandra Redy is going to be final on the ZP chief candidate. His family is known for playing vital role in all elections in the district, including local, cooperative, ZP and general elections since two-and-a-half decades. With the presence of Congress party becoming dismal or nominal, the race is primarily between the TDP and YSRC. The newly launched Kiran Kumar Reddy’s Jai Samaikhyandra Party is yet to make any big impact in the ZP polls, though his supporters entered the fray for municipal elections in some areas. Meanwhile, heavy competition is found among the TDP and YSRC for the MPTC posts.