Special Correspondent

Only major development in Chittoor was Jagan’s visit as emissary to Tamballepalle

Sitting MLA of Tamballepalle switches sides to PR after Congress denies him ticket

Uncertainty dogs TDP and PR in naming their candidates for quite a few seats in Chittoor

TIRUPATI: With Sunday intervening there was a marked lull in the poll front. The only major political development in the district was perhaps the visit of Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, the Chief Minister’s son and Kadapa Lok Sabha nominee to Peddamandyam in the trouble-torn Tamballepalle Assembly constituency.

This is where the sitting Congress incumbent and the party strongman Kadapa Prabhakar Reddy, cut up with the high command over the denial of re-nomination for the seat, has switched sides to Praja Rajyam and got a ticket.

Road show held

Jagan is said to have come as a party emissary following an SOS from Congress candidate Sankar Yadav, whose nominations has raised the hackles of the sitting MLA. He is said to have already talked to senior Congress leaders of the faction-ridden constituency and is expected to be closeted with the disgruntled Prabhakar Reddy on Sunday night for a patch-up. He also conducted an impressive roadshow in the Musalikunta area.

Meanwhile, the TDP’s vacillation over its candidate for the Gangadhara Nellore (SC) segment still continues. Earlier, it announced the name of Hemalatha as its candidate for the seat to clash with Deputy Speaker G. Kuthuhalamma. But in a flip flop, the TDP supremo withdrew Hemalatha’s name and announced her name for the Sathyavedu (SC) seat. This eventually touched off acrimonious scenes in Sathyavedu from the ticket aspirant, Audimoolam and his bunch of supporters.

Uncertainty still dogs TDP and the PR in naming their candidates for quite a few seats in the district. Till reports last came in, the TDP is yet to name its candidates for the Madanapalle, Chittoor and the Punganur segments though it is inching its way towards clinching the issue. As for Punganur, it succeeded in wooing to its side Venkatramana Raju, a Congress MPP and is most likely to field him for the seat.

The PR is yet to announce its candidates for 8 of the 14 Assembly seats and the Chittoor LS seat. It has, however, fielded a Tamil Nadu cadre retired IAS officer Varaprasad for the Tirupati (SC) LS seat to clash with Chintha Mohan (Congress) and another retired IAS officer N. Venkataswamy (BJP).

Mr. Mohan is said to be riveting his eyes on Sarvepalle from where comes the TDP’s brand new face — Jyothsana for the Tirupati LS seat. Her ‘Madiga’ tag is said to have weighed in her favour for the coveted seat.