Peddapalli: Ramagundam Assembly constituency is a safe zone for independents. The industrial area has a history of encouraging independents, and it was once again proved with the election of Korukanti Chander in the just-concluded election. Chander has since met with Minister K T Rama Rao and extended his support for the TRS.
Dominated by Singareni workers, Ramagundam Assembly constituency has often been sympathetic towards independents. Besides Singareni workers, people from different States are also working in NTPC, FCI and other industries.
Independents going on a winning spree from the constituency began with the election of M Ramagopal Reddy in the 1962 elections. While Ramagopal Reddy got 18,312 votes, his opponent and Congress party nominee Shankaraiah secured only 7,802 votes.
It again repeated in 1994 elections with the election of Mala Mallesham. Mallesham contested as independent as TDP denied him a ticket and won the polls. While Mallesham got 51,559 votes, TDP aspirant Koppula Eashwar secured 36,239 votes.
In 2009, Somarapu Satyanarayana contested the polls as independent candidate as TDP denied ticket to him. Satyanarayana won the election by defeating Praja Rajyam nominee Koushika Harinath.
Despite PRP president and film star Chiranjeevi’s campaign, local people elected independent candidate Satyanarayana, who had done a lot of developmental work as chairman of Ramagundam municipality. Interestingly, Chander contested on TRS ticket in that election.
It again repeated in 2018 polls with the election of Chander.
An active worker of TRS, Chander contested as rebel candidate against party nominee Somarapu Satyanarayana. Chander was denied a ticket as party had re-nominated sitting MLAs. Disappointed over party decision, he contested in the polls on All India Forward Bloc ticket and won the seat.
He also contested as rebel against Satyanarayana as TRS denied ticket and lost the election with 2,295 votes difference in 2014 general election.
Chander, who won the hearts of the local people with his social activities, gained sympathy among the public after the second defeat with a meager number of votes.
Death of Vijaya, wife of Chander and local corporator, helped him gain more sympathy among the public and win the polls.