In the upcoming elections, the party that typically leads in TDP candidate selection finds itself in a challenging position due to alliance commitments and the responsibility of keeping its coalition partners satisfied. The party is currently facing difficulties in finalizing candidates for key constituencies such as Anantapur, Dharmavaram, Tadipatri, Penukonda, and Kadiri.
The Anantapur constituency, particularly significant for both the YSRCP and TDP, poses a dilemma. Anantha Venkatarama Reddy, the incumbent MLA, is expected to be renominated by the YSRCP. However, the TDP is yet to decide on its candidate, considering the possibility of allocating the seat to Jana Sena or even CPI if an alliance with BJP doesn’t materialize. This uncertainty leaves TDP’s V Prabhakar Chowdary’s renomination hanging in the balance.
Similarly, the TDP is in a quandary regarding the candidate for Dharmavaram. Paritala Sriram, who has actively worked in the constituency, hopes to secure the party ticket. There are also speculations about the return of ex-MLA Varadapuram Suri to the TDP.
For the Tadipatri Assembly constituency, Ashmith Reddy, the son of J C Prabhakar Reddy, is considered a likely candidate. However, TDP’s candidate for the Anantapur Lok Sabha seat remains undecided. While J C Pawan Reddy is a probable choice, there are reports of TDP searching for a BC (Backward Class) candidate, as YSRCP has already selected M Sabkara Narayana, a BC candidate, as the sitting MLA of Penukonda.
In other constituencies, potential candidates have emerged. For Raptadu, Paritala Sunitha is likely, Payyavula Keshav for Uravakonda, and Palle Raghunath Reddy for Puttaparthi. Nandamuri Balakrishna is expected to be the candidate for Hindupur Assembly constituency. However, Kadiri poses another challenge for TDP, as there are demands for a Muslim candidate due to the sizable Muslim population in the constituency.
Additionally, there is speculation about the possible renomination of Nimmala Kistappa, an ex-MP, for the Hindupur Lok Sabha constituency.
In summary, the party, known for its adept candidate selection, faces complexities and indecision in various constituencies, highlighting the intricacies of alliance politics and the need to meet diverse community aspirations. The final decisions will significantly impact the party’s performance in the upcoming elections.
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