Vijayawada

Race for Krishna-Guntur teachers’ constituency hots up

The race for the Krishna-Guntur Teachers’ Constituency in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council heated up with the unexpected entry of former Vijayawada Mayor Tadi Sakuntala.

Five out of the candidates contesting in the election are men from Guntur district. Ms. Sakuntala, the only woman in the race, is from Krishna district. Outgoing MLC and nominee of the Progressive Democratic Front, K.S. Lakshmana Rao is contesting again for the third time as an independent. Teachers’ union affiliated to the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the United Teachers Front, is extending its support to him.

Mr. Lakshmana Rao who was MLC for two terms (one two-year and another for six-year) has earned for himself a great deal of goodwill as an honest man who worked hard for the teaching community.

The ruling Telugu Desam Party is, however, backing the candidature of A.S. Ramakrishna who is also contesting for the legislative council for the second time. He earlier contested for the Graduates’ constituency with the backing of associations affiliated to the Communist Party of India (CPI). The TDP hopes that the increase of retirement age to 60 and announcement of 43 per cent fitment would ensure voting by the teachers for the candidate backed by it.

A section of the TDP cadres are still cut up with Mr. Ramakrishna who derided the party in the previous election. Ms. Sakuntala could, however, emerge as a dark horse with the backing of the YSRC.

A former office bearer of State Teachers’ Union, she has a good rapport with teachers. As a former Mayor who polled 68,000 votes in the direct elections for the Mayor post, she enjoys considerable clout in the city. She will be, however, splitting the votes of the section of teachers who are opposed to corporate schools and colleges. She claims that she had the backing of the BC, SC, ST and Minority teachers’ unions. She is hopeful of securing a majority of the 9,300 woman votes.

Though the total number of votes in the constituency is 18,000, candidate who polls more than 4,500 votes is likely to be the winner. Low polling percentages are being expected with the day after elections being Ugadi Festival. Many teachers will be tied up with the examinations that are in progress.



Though the total number of votes in the constituency is 18,000, candidate who polls more than 4,500 votes is likely to be the winner



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