Jayashankar Bhupalpally: The drubbing of TRS leader Sirikonda Madhusudhana Chary, who worked as the first Speaker of Telangana, in Bhupalpally constituency has once again lent credence to the jinx that whoever occupies the coveted Speaker post will either lose the subsequent election or put his/her political career in jeopardy.
Madhusudhana Chary was placed third securing 53,567 votes, while Gandra Venkataramana Reddy of Congress won the seat by 69,918 votes and Gandra Satyanarayana of All India Forward Bloc (TRS rebel) was in the second position after getting 54,283 votes in the December 7 election.
A post-graduate in English Literature from Kakatiya University (KU), Chary was the first elected to the Assembly of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh on TDP ticket in 1994 from the erstwhile Shayampet Assembly constituency. After a crisis with demise of NT Rama Rao, he joined Lakshmi Parvathi’s NTR-TDP in 1996.
However, Chary became a trusted lieutenant for TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao and was actively involved in the Telangana movement spearheaded by K Chandrashekhar Rao. Chary also worked as General Secretary for TRS in October 2001 and became the politburo member. He also worked as a TRS party spokesperson and was also very close to Prof. Jayashankar. He won as MLA in 2014 general elections from Bhupalpally defeating former government Chief Whip, Congress’ Gandra Venkataramana Reddy. However, he suffered defeat in 2018 elections.
The fear of defeat or end of political career for the Speaker apparently started with Agarala Eswara Reddi, a two-time MLA who had served as the Speaker in 1979-80 and ultimately suffered defeat after taking on NT Rama Rao in Tirupati.
Senior leaders Duddilla Sripada Rao, Patlolla Ramachandra Reddy and G Narayana Rao, who occupied the Speaker’s chair, had their political career cut short after occupying the post, while KR Suresh Reddy had to suffer defeat for a second time in a row. The political journey of the five-time MLA Pratibha Bharathi also came to an abrupt end after she became the first woman Speaker in 1999 in undivided Andhra Pradesh. Former Speakers Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and Nadendla Manohar also suffered defeat in subsequent elections after serving as the Speaker.
“Of course, the MLA who holds the Speaker’s post loses contact with the party workers and even with the people of his constituency since he is supposed to stay away from party activities. He is not even expected to speak to the media. This will indeed have an adverse impact on his relations with the people and thus he/she tends to suffer defeat,” observed a research scholar Dr Suresh Devath of Kakatiya University.