27-04-201927-04-2019 11:16:49 IST
2019-04-27T05:46:49.278Z27-04-2019 2019-04-27T05:46:47.290Z - - 09-04-2020
Its a fortnight after the polling in Andhra Pradesh. Still, there are more than three weeks for voters verdict to be out. Meanwhile, in Andhra Pradesh, the stress of result is killing the candidates particularly the party in power, TDP. Due to the corruption allegations and the ways and means of them during power, three prominent ministers in CM Naidu's cabinet are facing a tough fight in their constituencies.
Sources suggest that Home Minister and Deputy CM Nimmakayala China Rajappa, another Minister Chintakayala Ayyanna Patrudu, Minister for water resources Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao are facing stiff resistance in their respective constituencies.
China Rajappa, who contested from Peddapuram of East Godavari district, faced a tough fight from Thota Vani, who is the wife of sitting MP Thota Narasimham and daughter of former Minister Metla Satyanarayana. Some of the people belonging to his community when contacted expressed reservations against his candidature. This time his community was divided between TDP, Janasena and YSRCP due to the absence of alliance between the former two. As YSRCP candidate Thota Vani too belongs to the same community as well as Janasena candidate the split of his community's votes is imminent even on the basis of the candidates of the parties. Hence, alongside opposition, even TDP cadre is doubting the victory of Chinarajappa.
Considering Ch Ayyanna Patrudu, who won six out of 8 times he contested from Narsipatnam of Visakhapatnam district, he too faced a tough fight from Petla Uma Shankar Ganesh, the brother of Cine Director Puri Jagannath. Both candidates belonging to the same community the caste equation was neutralised and the anti-incumbency may work against the minister say the locals. TDP cadre too doubts the same. Last time Ayyanna Patrudu won with just 2,338 votes and by 2019, Uma Shankar gained some ground in the constituency and that factor is worrying the Minister as well as TDP cadre. Here the victory is playing hide and seek with both the candidates as both are doubting the polling pattern.
Coming to the most controversial constituency during polling day for EVM malfunctioning and clashes between both parties, Mylavaram has Minister of water resources department Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao as the candidate from TDP. He is facing face to face contest with Vasantha Krishna Prasad, the son of former Minister Vasantha Nageswara Rao. Both candidates belonging to the same community makes the caste equation neutralised anti-incumbency may play crucial in deciding the victory. Though Devineni expresses confidence about victory, internally TDP cadre say that they are doubtful about their sailing through the constituency on counting day. YSRCP confirmed ticket to Krishna Prasad a year back and he started working since then and thus made his position cemented for a fight with the minister during elections.
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