ANDHRA PRADESH

A winner against all odds

New role: Congress candidate Jayasudha Kapoor receiving the certificate of election from the Returning Officer at Osmania University campus on Saturday.

New role: Congress candidate Jayasudha Kapoor receiving the certificate of election from the Returning Officer at Osmania University campus on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

It was no mean task for her to defeat a three-time MLA

HYDERABAD: Nobody gave her a chance of putting up a good fight, leave alone winning the contest. Jayasudha Kapoor’s surprise victory over Secunderabad strongman Talasani Srinivas Yadav is a fairy tale of sorts. The actor made it sure to maintain low key when it came to fanfare and the usual pomp associated with campaigning.

The actor had the advantage of her charisma and leveraged it to the hilt. Wherever she went, women, especially those in the slums, followed her keenly. Time and again, Jayasudha, quite smartly, put across the fact that she had enough experience in social work and that she could also work for their betterment.

Campaign in slums

Jayasudha’s initial campaigning at slums like Manikeswari Nagar was riddled with logistic problems like no vehicles for transport and party workers. Despite these niggling worries, she made sure to follow Talasani Srinivas Yadav like a shadow wherever he campaigned.

It’s no mean task to defeat Mr. Srinivas Yadav, who had already won from Secunderabad thrice as an MLA and known for his very strong base. The actor was also hindered by internal bickering by those who hoped but failed to get party ticket from Secunderabad and being frequently labelled as an outsider in Secunderabad.

Despite these limitations, Jayasudha managed to woo the voters with her charm and promise to work for them sincerely.

The actor also got a lot of support from the minority Christian and Muslim voters which helped her to beat the Goliath of Secunderabad.

The other interesting victory was that of Manemma Anjaiah (Congress) in Mushirabad constituency who won with a majority of 14,842 votes against BJP’s K. Laxman. If her victory against the TRS nominee Nayani Narsimha Reddy in the bypolls last year was itself a shocker, she surprised many by retaining her seat now.

During last elections, entire Congress leadership worked for her victory, but none of the bigwigs were there to manager her campaign this time. Yet, she managed to spring a surprise.

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