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Updated On 09-05-2019 15:18:55 ISTUpdated On 09-05-20192019-05-08T11:35:41.681Z08-05-2019 2019-05-08T11:35:38.802Z - 2019-05-09T09:48:55.179Z - 09-05-2019
Is defeat staring in the face of Andhra Pradesh Mines Minister Sujaya Krishna Ranga Rao? The locals say so.
Sujaya Krishna, who is descendant of Royal family of Bobbili, won on YSRCP ticket in 2014 with a majority of 6,958 votes against his nearest rival and TDP candidate Tentu Lakshman Naidu. However, after a couple of years, he switched his loyalties to TDP and even grabbed a berth in Chandrababu's cabinet as Minister for Mines.
This time he contested on TDP ticket and YSRCP fielded a two times MLA and former government whip SVC Appala Naidu.
One of the shopkeepers Rama Rao in Bobbili expressed his displeasure about the defection of Sujaya Krishan to TDP after winning on YSRCP ticket. A teacher in Terlam Mandal says that even after the defection, Rangarao did nothing for the constituency. The constituency stays backward and lags behind in getting priority in various government schemes.
As per some of the mandal level journalists of major news dailies, people of the respective Mandals in the constituency are against their sitting MLA and voted for YSRCP candidate. However, the clout of Sujaya Krishna, as the heir of the Royal family may work in Bobbili and even in other Mandals, but that only to some extent, say locals. Even in Bobbili, he faced a tough fight from Appala Naidu. The YSRCP candidate has enough cadre in the constituency owing to his previous stints as MLA and government whip and that enabled him to take on the Royal Family.
Sources internally agree that Minister may lose the election this time and the YSRCP candidate may get the same majority as Sujaya Krishna got last time. If the Jagan wave is in place in the constituency, he may get more too, say locals.
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