MLA quota MLC election is unanimous, TDP gets five, YCP two
Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly had missed the chance of witnessing voting to elect seven MLCs to fill the vacancies to be caused by the end of March. Sitting MLCs, S V Satish Kumar Reddy, vice-chariman of the Council, K Pratibha Bharati, Congress MLCs, C Ramachandraiah, M Sudhakar Babu, P Chengalrayudu and Mohmmad Jani and CPI MLC P J C Sekhar Rao are completing their term on March 28. The TDP had nominated Nara Lokesh, Dokka Manikya Varaprasad, Karanam Balaramakrishna Murthy, Bachula Arjunudu and Pothula Suneetha, while the YSR Congress had nominated Alla Nani and Gangula Prabhakar Reddy for the seven seats. The TDP gains all the five seats including and the YSR Congress gains two, while the Congress had lost all the seven seats bringing its strength to zero.
The Opposition YSR Congress which has three seats now will increase its tally to five with the two seats from the MLA quota. The party is now testing its time at three places in the elections from the local body constituencies and one place in the graduates constituencies. While the chances of the party winning the graduates constituency in Rayalaseema are bleak, the party has better chances to win at least one out of the three seats it is contesting from the local body constituencies.
What surprises the people, at least the political observers, is that Chandrababu Naidu had, for the first time, restrained from fielding an extra candidate from the MLAs quota, at least to give tough time for the Opposition. The ruling TDP would need just three votes from the Opposition to win the sixth seat and the rumours say that the party leaders have tried to have two MLAs defecting from YSR Congress and one more legislator abstaining from voting thus bringing down the winning chances of YSR Congress party’s second candidate. However, in the eleventh hour, TDP president and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had taken the decision not to field the sixth candidate as it might reflect on the chances of his son, Nara Lokesh who is also contesting this election. Though Lokesh victory is sure, the TDP chief did not want to take chances by playing any game in the crucial elevation of his son.