Siddipet: The people of Dubbak constituency are likely to see the first woman representing them in the State Assembly in Solipeta Sujatha Ramalinga Reddy since she has an edge on her rivals in the November 3 by-election.
Dubbak constituency was created in 1952 with Rajagopalpet as its headquarters. During the delimitation of constituencies in undivided Andhra Pradesh, Dommata was made its headquarters adding some new villages and demerging some others. Subsequently, Dubbak was made headquarters of the constituency with the exclusion and inclusion of some villages.
Since 1952, the people of the constituency elected nine men as their MLAs in 16 elections. While Solipeta Ramalinga Reddy, whose sudden demise necessitated the current by-election and Cheruku Muthyam Reddy as well, won four times each from the constituency, Congress leader S Lingaiah was elected twice – in 1972 and 1978. Six other leaders have represented the constituency for only one term in the Assembly. While Congress and Telugu Desam Parties won from the constituency five teams each, TRS has won four elections, while independents won twice from the constituency. A PDF candidate was elected once from the constituency.
Since the TRS was founded in 2001, it has won four of the five elections. Except the 1983 election, the TDP had won all the five elections from 1985 to 1999 from Dubbak after which it turned into a TRS stronghold.
When it comes to victory margin, Ramalinga Reddy won the 2018 Assembly elections by a margin of 62,500 votes which is the highest so far. Ramalinga Reddy broke the previous record of Cheruku Muthyam Reddy’s 39,000 votes margin of victory in 1989. The TRS is now aiming for a one lakh margin of victory for Sujatha to establish a new record in the constituency.
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