Election scene hots up in Tirupati

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YSR Congress and TDP tentatively announce their candidates, while national parties adopt policy of waiting

Even before the Election Commission announced the model code for the Tirupati (SC) Lok Sabha by-elections, the political heat was quite palpable on all sides.

The YSR Congress and TDP have tentatively announced their candidates, while national parties are adopting a policy of waiting. The election was made necessary by the disappearance of YSRC MP Balli Durgaprasad, but instead of confronting his relatives to ride the ‘wave of sympathy’, the party almost finalized the name of Guru Murthy, a native of Yerpedu mandal. in the Assembly segment of Srikalahasti and a physiotherapist by profession.

A former SVIMS University student, Dr Guru Murthy practiced at a local private hospital before accompanying YS Party Chairman Jagan Mohan Reddy during his statewide Praja Yatra and extended his continued support in physiotherapy.

The TDP appointed the former union minister Panabaka Lakshmi, who ran unsuccessfully in the 2019 general election. The party, in addition to forming a committee at parliamentary level, is busy identifying 89 observers for the 50 divisions of Tirupati Corporation and the 39 mandates distributed in the constituency of LS.

“We will be opening an office shortly and will soon appoint observers in charge of the seven segments of the Assembly,” said G. Narasimha Yadav, head of the parliamentary constituency of the TDP in Tirupati. The Hindu. Although Ms. Lakshmi has not yet reached Tirupati, she is learning to rent a house to stay put.

Keen to make an impact, the BJP hopes to replicate the example of 1998 when its candidate N. Venkataswamy, a retired IAS officer, won the Tirupati LS seat, albeit in alliance with the TDP. This time, too, the name of a retired bureaucrat with experience in SSR is circling party circles as a potential candidate. Congress keeps its cards close to the chest, but former CWC incumbent and member Dr Chinta Mohan seems like the natural fit.

However, all parties are wary of the Covid-19 situation and candidates express fear of going to the campaign. The other major factor that is widely discussed among the probable is the huge amount of money it takes to be coughed up in less than two years of spending a fortune in the 2019 election.

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