Congress rebel leader wins 3 of the 9 upper house seats
Hyderabad, March 23 The newly-formed “YSR Congress Party” floated by
Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, estranged Congress leader and son of late chief minister Dr YSR, made an impressive debut on Wednesday by winning three seats in MLC elections from local authorities’ constituencies.
Of the nine seats for which elections were held on Monday, the ruling Congress has managed to win only three seats despite its best efforts. Due to the advent of YSR Congress Party, the ruling party, which scraped through the Council elections from Assembly constituencies narrowly, lost five seats in the latest bout. The Congress which had eight seats could retain only three. The Congress debacle amounts to a big blow to the Chief Minister, Mr Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy. Though the Congress strategists forged an understanding with the main Opposition Telugu Desam party at some places to deal a blow to the fledgling party, the Wednesday’s results proved otherwise.
In the latest elections, the three parties --- YSR Congress Party, Indian National Congress and the Telugu Desam party shared three seats each raising many an eyebrow. Though Mr Jagan’s party proved that it is not a weakling with its candidate in West Godavari Mr Meka Seshu Babu achieved good result, it had to work hard to achieve success in two other places. Moreover, the new party administered shock to the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy in his home district Chittoor. Even as the Congress party joined hands with the Telugu Desam party, it could not defeat Mr Tippa Reddy of the YSR Congress. In a nail biting sea-saw battle, the Jagan party’s nominee was elected by a margin of a single vote. However, the election result was not declared officially as recounting of votes was going on.
In the Kadapa district, the bastion of YSR family, the Congress party could not stop the new party from winning. Even as four ministers, including Mr Y S Vivekananda Reddy, were stationed in Kadapa, the ruling party could not deal a blow to the Jagan party. However, the main Opposition Telugu Desam party appears to have benefited due to the differences between the ruling Congress and the YSR Congress. While the ruling party which had eight seats earlier could retain only three seats. But the TDP has won three seats. It is said that in Anantapur district, the TDP could win a seat due to internecine feuds in the ruling party. The former minister, Mr J C Diwakar Reddy, reported to have ensured the victory of Mr Govind Reddy of the TDP. The TDP also won one seat each in East and West Godavari districts.
The following is the final list of victorious candidates.
In Anantapur, Mr Mettu Govind Reddy of the TDP has won by a margin of 53 votes. In Srikakulam, Mr Viswa Prasad of Congress humbled his rivals by a margin of 223 votes. In Kurnool, Mr N V Mohan Reddy of Congress was elected by a majority of 148 votes. In West Godavari, Mr Angara Ramamohan Rao of TDP got 322 votes more than his rivals. In the same district, Meka Seshu Babu of Jagan group won the election by a majority of 348 votes. In Nellore, Mr Vakati Narayana Reddy of the Congress won by a slender margin of seven votes. In Kadapa, Mr Narayan Reddy of Jagan faction won the seat by a margin of 10 votes. In East Godavari, Mr Boddu Bhaskara Rama Rao of the TDP was polled 133 votes more than his rivals. In Chittoor, Mr Desai Tippa Reddy of YSR Congress party emerged victor by a margin of a single vote.