Internal bickering gives candidates the jitters

Even as the State government rechristened Rajahmundry as Rajamahendravaram four years ago, Central government offices are still using the old name, and hence it is called Rajahmundry Lok Sabha constituency as per the Central Election Commission’s records. While Rajahmundry is a municipal corporation and one of the major business centres in East Godavari district, Kovvuru and Nidadavole are the municipalities from the West Godavari. The other areas, however, are the rural pockets. Women voters outnumber men in this Lok Sabha constituency.

The ruling Telugu Desam Party has fielded Maganti Roopa, daughter-in-law of sitting MP M. Murali Mohan, who belongs to the Kamma caste, while the Opposition YSR Congress Party has fielded a young entrepreneur from the Backward Classes Margani Bharat Ram, the first ever BC candidate contesting for the Rajahmundry Lok Sabha seat. Rajahmundry City MLA Akula Satyanarayana, a Kapu, is in the poll fray from the Jana Sena Party, while the Bharatiya Janata Party fielded Paravasthu Satya Gopinath Dasa, a Brahmin. Though it is a close contest between Ms. Roopa and Mr. Bharat Ram, Dr. Satyanarayana is trying his best to make it a triangular fight.

Both Ms. Roopa and Mr. Ram are political novices coming from affluent families. While the former is using the works done by her father-in-law Mr. Murali Mohan as her trump card, the latter is referring to the irregularities such as sand mafia and misuse of funds that came to the light in the last five years during his campaign. Interestingly, both the candidates are facing internal bickering in their respective parties, particularly from those who are representing the Assembly segments. This problem is comparatively higher for Mr. Roopa, as barring Rajahmundry City, all other Assembly segments are represented by TDP MLAs.

Mr. Ram joined the YSRCP during the party chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s ‘Praja Sankalpa Yatra’ and launched his poll campaign even before the election notification, as he was one among the foremost candidates announced by the party. Charges of corruption against the government coupled with his BC card are the gist of his speeches.

Whereas for Ms. Roopa, uncertainty loomed large till the filing of her nomination, as the party considered several others before choosing her. Hence, she launched the campaign. She, however, is trying to cover the entire constituency and stating that only the TDP government could ensure development.

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Printable version | Jun 11, 2021 3:29:08 PM |

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