Visakhapatnam: After the ruling Telugu Desam Party received a rude shock when its nominee to contest from Nellore Rural left the party to join the rival YSR Congress Party a couple of days ago, it is further jolted when its candidate from Srisailam declared that he was not ready for the contest. The TDP announced the candidature of Budda Rajasekhara Reddy for Srisailam. However, he was not showing interest since he did not want to fight a losing battle, sources said. When the party insisted he should contest, he replied that he would consult his followers later in the day and decide.
The opening day of filing the nominations phase also upset the TDP high command with several rebels choosing to file papers on the first day itself. Senior TDP leader in Cheepurupalli of Vizianagaram district K. Trimurthulu Raju filed his nomination on Monday after former Minister Kimidi Mrunalini’s son Nagarjuna was allotted ticket in preference to him. Raju went in a huge procession of party workers and filed his nomination which stunned the party bosses.
In Anantapuram district, the sitting MLA of Kalyanadurgam, Unnam Hanumantharaya Chowdary went ahead and filed the nomination even before he was declared as the candidate by the TDP high command. His rivals took strong exception to this and are demanding the party to take disciplinary action of the legislator who declared that he would contest whether the party renominated him or not.
The situation was worse in Tadikonda constituency of Guntur district where the sitting MLA Sravan was denied the ticket and another, Malyadri, said to be the choice of MP Sujana Chowdary, was given the ticket. Sravan’s supporters vowed that they would defeat Malyadri if he chose to stay in the field. Also, in the agency region of Rampachodavaram, Pulaparthi Narayanamurthy who sought P. Gannavaram ticket, is getting ready to contest as a rebel against the TDP nominee Vantala Rajeswari. These developments will boost the chances of the YSRCP in the respective Assembly segments.