Women candidates get 55% representation from Vizianagaram district

Sandhya Rani defeated Deputy Chief Minister Peedika Rajannadora in Saluru by 13,733 votes, while Aditi Vijayalakshmi Gajapathi Raju emerged winner against Deputy Speaker Kolagatla Veerabhadra Swamy with a margin of around 60,000 votes

Updated - June 08, 2024 06:55 pm IST

Published - June 08, 2024 12:35 pm IST - VIZIANAGARAM

MLA-elect Aditi Vijayalakshmi Gajapati Raju wishing people in TDP office of Vizianagaram. Photo: Arrangement.

MLA-elect Aditi Vijayalakshmi Gajapati Raju wishing people in TDP office of Vizianagaram. Photo: Arrangement.

Women candidates’ stunning performance in Vizianagaram politics has caught the attention of the State, thanks to their spectacular victory in five constituencies out of nine in the united district. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) candidates Kolla Lalita Kumari (S. Kota), Toyaka Jagadeswari (Kurupam) Gummadi Sandhya Rani (Saluru), Aditi Vijayalakshmi Gajapathi Raju (Vizianagaram) and Jana Sena Party (JSP) candidate Lokam Madhavi (Nellimarla) were elected to Assembly.

Among them, only Ms. Lalita KumarI is a senior and all others got elected to the Assembly for the first time. Ms. Lalita Kumar was elected to the Assembly in 2009 and 2014, but was defeated by YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) nominee Kadubandi Srinivasa Rao in 2019. However, she emerged victorious by defeating him with a margin of 38,790 votes in the recent elections.

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Ms. Sandhya Rani defeated Deputy Chief Minister Peedika Rajannadora in Saluru with a margin of 13,733 votes. In Saluru, she was defeated in the 1999 and 2009 elections. Ms. Vijayalakshmi defeated Deputy Speaker Kolagatla Veerabhadra Swamy with a margin of around 60,000 votes. She had faced a crushing defeat at hands of Mr. Veerabhadra Swamy in the 2019 general elections.

Toyaka Jagadeeswari defeated former Deputy Chief Minister Pushpa Srivani in Kurupam constituency, with a margin of 23,500 votes. Lokam Madhavi of JSP defeated YSRCP sitting MLA Baddukonda Appala Naidu by 38,801 votes. “Women have been demanding 33% reservation for many decades. Fortunately, they got 55.55% representation in Vizianagaram. It is a good sign. They would be able to raise issues of women in the Assembly, since their grievances are hardly discussed in the present political scenario,” said Boddapati Geeta, a women entrepreneur, while speaking to The Hindu.

The women representation was good in the 2014 general elections also, with four candidates getting elected from the district. Ms. Laliata Kumar (S. Kota-TDP), Kimidi Mrunalini (Cheepurupalli-TDP), Meesala Geeta (Vizianagaram-TDP) and Pushpa Srivani (YSRCP-Kurupam) were elected to the Assembly in the 2014 general elections. However, the women’s representation reduced to one with Ms. Pushpa Srivani being the sole winner in the 2019 elections.

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