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Palair By-election may not be a cakewalk for TRS

The ruling party managed to win just one seat from Kammam district in 2014 due to lack of support at the basic level.

Published: 10th May 2016 05:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th May 2016 05:15 AM   |  A+A-

KHAMMAM : The bypoll for the Palair assembly seat, scheduled for May 16, is unlikely to be a cakewalk for the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which hopes to hold its winning streak.

While the Congress has fielded Sucharitha Reddy, wife of former MLA Ramreddy Venkat Reddy, expecting a  sympathy wave, the TRS is riding high on development agenda. Though the TRS, Congress and CPM are locked in a triangular contest, it will be a direct fight between the Congress and the TRS. The TDP has extended its support to the Congress while the BJP and YSRC have decided to stay away from the contest.

The TRS has fielded roads and buildings minister Tummala Nageswara Rao as its candidate and has deputed four ministers to lead the campaign.

Venkat Reddy, who was elected thrice from Sujathanagar and twice from Palair, had  maintained a good rapport with the electorate and more particularly with tribals, who constitute a major section of voters in the constituency. The Congress is trying to expose the failure of TRS government to develop the district.

In the 2014 election, the TRS fared poorly and its candidate, Ravella Ravinder, could get only 4,041 votes.

The ruling party, which managed to win only one seat from the district in 2014 due to lack of support at the grassroots level, has gained strength by luring one MP and three MLAs of YSRC and two MLAs of the Congress from the district into its fold.

Also, by fielding Nageswara Rao, a Kamma, the TRS is aiming to garner the votes of the community which has a considerable presence in the district.

Revanth to Campaign for Congress

TTDP working president A Revanth Reddy will campaign for the Congress on May 11 and 12. He will tour Cheruvumadharam, Kusumanchi, Beerolu, Peddatanda, Gollapadu and Patarlapadu villages.

Palair Constituency

Covers four mandals of Kusumanchi, Tirumalayapalem, Nelakondapalli and Khammam Rural

Voters

1,90,285

Men

93,547

Women

96,720

Voting

May 16

Counting

May 19



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