Why is it so important for TDP?

AMARAVATI: Political clashes are always interesting, given that we know a brief account of both the sides contesting the elections. The Nandyal by-election had gathered the attention of all the political parties in Telugu states and there are a lot many reasons for that. A by-election has become necessary in Nandyal of Kurnool district following the death of sitting MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy.

It has been a practice in the Telugu states to make a by-election unanimous, in the case of death of a sitting MLA. However, a changed scenario changed the scope of this by-election, which finally turned into a biggest political war in recent times. Let us get into the details quickly.

The late Bhuma Nagi Reddy won the Nandyala assembly seat on YSRCP ticket in 2014. However, he defected to Telugu Desam party in his last days, along with his daughter Akhila Priya. In 2017, Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu included Akhila Priya in his cabinet by giving the ministry of Tourism, Language, and Culture and thus, making her the youngest minister in AP’s cabinet.

Following the death of Bhuma Nagi Reddy due to cardiac arrest, TDP claimed that the Nandyala Assembly segment belongs to them as Bhuma joined TDP in his last days. On the other hand, YS Jagan reiterated that Bhuma Nagi Reddy won the 2014 election on their party’s ticket and hence, demanded that TDP must make the by-election unanimous in favor of YSRCP.

The developments paved way for a by-election in Nandyal, breaking the tradition of making the election unanimous when a sitting MLA dies. With the election fever on, at a time where a controversy has been raising over the defection of 21 MLAs from YSRCP to Telugu Desam Party and subsequently elevating four of them to the position of cabinet ministers, the by-election is expected to see a Rayalaseema nature of a battle.

Though Bhuma’s family has a strong positive base in the Kurnool district, things may change drastically if people think otherwise. We must note that the YSR Congress Party has won eleven out of 14 assembly seats in Kurnool and surrounding areas, leaving just three to TDP in 2014. Also, the YS Jagan-led party has recently proved its potential in Rayalaseema by winning all the four seats it supported during the Teachers and Graduates constituency elections.

The Telugu Desam party is all set to get ready for the polls with the advantage of being the ruling party while YSRCP is flexing its muscles to prove its mettle in the Rayalaseema region.

If YSRCP wins the election, it can claim that people are against the ruling government  and hence, voted for them despite the sympathy wave to Bhuma’s family. Further, even if YSRCP loses the election it may still say that it is due to the Bhuma sentiment and conclude that it has no impact on the rest of the state.

At the end,  it is a must-win election for TDP to prove that there is no anti-TDP sentiment in the state. If TDP fails, it will be a warning for them before the big fight in 2019!

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