ANDHRA PRADESH

Congress replaces official candidate

RAJAHMUNDRY, APRIL 24. Just a day before polling, the Congress has announced that it is disowning its official candidate for the Ramachandrapuram Assembly segment, Pampana Arjuna Rao, and in his place will back the Independent candidate, Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose. Mr. Bose was suspended from the party for contesting against the official nominee a few days ago.

"The change is in deference to the wishes of the District Congress Committee and local leaders," the AICC general secretary incharge of Andhra Pradesh, Gulam Nabi Azad, said here on Saturday.

On the issue of Mr. Bose's suspension, Mr. Azad said it was revoked with immediate effect.

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