ANDHRA PRADESH

Miserable show by CPI in Husnabad

Staff Reporter

KARIMNAGAR: The Communist Party of India (CPI), once a strong force to reckon with in the district, lost its identity in the district by losing its citadel in the newly carved out Husnabad Assembly segment to the Congress.

Since the constitution of Indurthi Assembly segment (now Husnabad segment), the CPI had won on six occasions from this segment. Senior CPI leaders such as Baddam Yellareddy had won from this segment in 1972 and another leader Deshini Chinna Mallaiah had a hat-trick of wins in 1985, 1989 and 1994. Earlier, he had won from this segment in 1978.

CPI nominee Chada Venkat Reddy had won from this segment in 2004 with support of the Congress.

However, in this election, CPI candidate Mr. Venkat Reddy lost miserably to Congress nominee A. Praveen Reddy.

The sitting CPI legislator was pushed to the fourth position behind TRS nominee V. Lakshmikantha Rao and PR nominee E. Peddi Reddy.

Looks like the CPI is slowly fading out in the district. First it lost Sircilla, considered a party stronghold, where senior party leader Ch. Rajeshwara Rao had won on four occasions.

In 2004, Mr. Rao shifted his loyalty and contested on behalf of the Telugu Desam Party and won in Sircilla segment.

In this election, he fielded his son Ch. Ramesh, who had won from Vemulawada Assembly segment on a Telugu Desam ticket.

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