ANDHRA PRADESH

Lagadapati benefits from cross-voting

Sharing joy: Congress candidate for Vijayawada Lok Sabha seat Lagadapati Rajagopal celebrates his early leads with his son Pranay and party workers at PVP Siddhartha Institute and Technology at Kanunu in Vijayawada on Saturday. —

Sharing joy: Congress candidate for Vijayawada Lok Sabha seat Lagadapati Rajagopal celebrates his early leads with his son Pranay and party workers at PVP Siddhartha Institute and Technology at Kanunu in Vijayawada on Saturday. —   | Photo Credit: PHOTO:CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR

Special Correspondent

He polled more votes in the three city segments where PRP fared well

VIJAYAWADA: Congress candidate for Vijayawada Lok Sabha constituency and sitting MP Lagadapati Rajagopal defeated his nearest TDP rival Vallabhaneni Vamsi Mohan by a margin of 12,022 votes, though Congress candidates won in only two of the seven segments with slender margins and three TDP candidates and one PRP candidate won in their respective segments with comparatively larger margins.

While Congress candidate Malladi Vishnu won in Vijayawada Central by a margin of just 850 votes, the candidate for Tiruvuru (SC) constituency D. Padmajyothi won by a smaller margin of 265 votes. On the other hand, TDP candidate Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, who contested from Myalavaram, won with a margin of about 12,000 votes, while the party’s Jaggayyapeta candidate Sriram Rajagopal (Tatayya) won with a margin of 9,700 votes and Nandigama candidate Tangirala Prabhakar won with a margin of 5,700 votes. Though there was no cross-voting in these three segments, where TDP Lok Sabha candidate Vamsi Mohan polled more votes, Mr. Rajagopal seemed to have polled more votes in the three segments in Vijayawada city where PRP candidates fared well.

Though Congress candidate in Vijayawada West constituency Mallika Begum was defeated by PRP candidate Vellampalli Srinivas, the votes polled for Mr. Rajagopal in this segment were more than what was polled for Ms. Begum for the Assembly.

Though political observers predicted cross-voting in favour of Mr. Vamsi Mohan in the absence of a strong PRP Lok Sabha candidate, Mr. Rajagopal apparently managed to turn the tables in his favour.

Another factor that threw the pundits off the scent of Mr. Rajagopal’s success was the poor prospects of Ms. Begum and Mylavaram candidate Appasani Sandeep (Nannu), who were reportedly handpicked by Mr. Rajagopal against considerable opposition in the Congress party ranks.

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