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YSRC retains all sitting MLAs, Jagan to seek re-election from Pulivendula

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati (AP) 

Fighting a do-or-die electoral battle in on April 11, the main opposition Sunday announced its candidates for all 175 assembly seats, retaining almost all the sitting MLAs and giving a major share to the backward communities.

chief Y S who is aspiring to become the in his late father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's footsteps will, for the second time, contest from his family pocket borough Pulivendula in district.

In 2014, Jagan won the seat by a record margin of 74,256 votes, the highest in the state.

The announcement of candidates, however, triggered some rebellion in the party in a few districts, including Guntur, Prakasam and Visakhapatnam where some aspirants were denied tickets.

Floated in 2011 after quit the over denial of chief ministership, the lost the race in the 2014 general elections, getting just 0.3 per cent less vote share than the that captured power winning 106 seats in alliance with the (BJP) then.

Though the won 67 seats, as many as 23 of its MLAs defected to the ruling party in 2016 and 2017.

In the context, the 2019 election is a do-or-die battle for the YSRC as its political longevity will largely depend on election result.

Prashant Kishore, who worked the electoral magic for Narendra Modi in 2014, is YSRC's now.

Kishore and his team conducted various rounds of surveys to select the candidates for the assembly election.

Former IAS Vara Prasad, who was elected as YSRC from Tirupati in 2014, is now being fielded for the assembly from Gudur (SC) constituency.

Former IPS K has been named for Hindupur against Telugu film star and sitting MLA Nandamuri Balakrishna.

and BJP leader Daggubati Purandeswari's husband will be the YSRC candidate from Parchuru.

Though their son was supposed to be the candidate, his US citizenship came in the way, forcing to jump into the fray though he wanted to retire from active

The YSRC has only 15 women candidates out of the 175 and 41 BCs.

As many as 12 former ministers, 37 former MLAs and 15 doctors have also been chosen for the assembly battle.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 17:56 IST