VIJAYAWADA: Telugu Desam Party proved its dominance even in Mandal Praja Parishad elections in Krishna district by bagging 35 MPPs out of 49, Friday. YSR Congress, which gave tough fight in some mandals for the TDP, bagged 12 MPP seats. The TDP’s ally BJP bagged one MPP. Congress could not open its account. The election was postponed in Agiripalli mandal.
The TDP and the YSRC leaders were busy making last minute efforts to bag MPPs. Though minor scuffles were witnessed between workers of the two parties, the elections were largely peaceful across the district, barring Agiripalli. High drama unfolded in Agiripalli as seven of the TDP MPTCs among total nine, were absent at the MPP council meeting.
Also cases were filed with police that two of TDP MPTCs were kidnapped and inquiry was underway. Sensing trouble presiding officer P Rajinikantha Rao postponed the election to Saturday. Meanwhile, the BJP opened its account in the district by bagging Kaikaluru MPP with the support of the TDP. Incidentally, Kaikaluru is represented by Health minister Kamineni Srinivas in the Assembly and his presence helped local BJP cadres in gaining the MPP.