KADAPA: Fifteen candidates, including three of the main political parties, remained in the fray for the October 30 by-election to the Badvel (SC) Assembly constituency in Kadapa district.
In all, 25 persons filed their nominations of which nine were rejected. On the last day for withdrawing nominations on Wednesday, three independents withdrew from the fray, Rajampet sub-collector and election returning officer Ketan Garg said.
The bypoll was necessitated following the death of sitting YSRC MLA Dr G Venkatasubbaiah in March this year due to illness.
Election observer arrives
Badvel bypoll election observer Bhisma Kumar arrived in the constituency on Wednesday. He said he would be available at the R&B guest house from 10 am to receive complaints from people regarding violation of the Model Code of Conduct. The observer is also available on phone number 93924 40477.
YSRC: Dasari Sudha, a practicing doctor; Wife of sitting legislator G Venkata Subbaiah, who died in March due to illness
Congress: Former MLA P M Kamalamma; She represented the constituency from 2009 to 2014
BJP: Panathala Suresh; he unsuccessfully contested the 2019 election from Railway Koduru constituency in Kadapa; BJP ally Jana Sena Party said it would back the BJP candidate