Special Correspondent

Hyderabad: P. Rajanna Dora, who was defeated from Saluru (ST) constituency of Vizianagaram district in the last elections in the hands of the Telugu Desam candidate R. P. Bhanj Deo, is all set to replace the latter as MLA on Sunday.

He will be administered the oath of office by Speaker K. R. Suresh Reddy in the Assembly on Sunday. Mr. Bhanj Deo, who was declared elected from the constituency in 2004, was disqualified by the High Court last month following a petition questioning his tribal status. The court ruled that Mr. Bhanj Deo could not be considered as a member of the Scheduled tribe hence disqualified him last month. Mr. Deo had secured 48,580 votes against Mr. Dora who secured 46,0887 votes. He won from Saluru (ST) for three consecutive terms since 1994.