Visakhapatnam, Apr 24 (): Seemandhra elections for State and Lok Sabha left the TDP– BJP combine embarrassed and Congress humiliated. April 23 was the last date for withdrawal of nominations in Seemandhra. TDP saw rebels pitted against its poll ally BJP and Congress was humiliated as official candidates fielded by it withdrew from the fray and some crossed over to rival parties.
Seemandhra, known as Andhra is said to witness a battle between YSR Congress and TDP-BJP combine. After the BJP came on board, it managed to get 13 Assembly and four Lok Sabha seats as part of alliance.
Earlier, prior to alliance,TDP had given B forms to candidates in Kadappa, Guntakal and Santanutalapadu Assembly segments and these seats were later given to BJP. Now, TDP candidates have not withdrawn from the fray. TDP party leaders who filed nominations in Paderu and Tadepalligudem with B forms have not withdrawn. Goud, the TDP candidate in Guntakal says Naidu only told him to contest.
The TDP is facing rebels within. Rajanna, a close aide and TDP member is standing against official candidate Sunitha in Anantapur’s Rapthadu seat. In Kovur, TDP MLA Rama Rao is contesting as a rebel and another rebel is fighting in Placode, both West Godavari districts of Seemandhra.
In Visakhapatnam district of Seemandhra, party rebel Anita is facing Ganta Rao, former minister in Bheemunipatnam seat. A TDP rebel candidate withdrew from Guntur Lok Sabha seat.
Similarly, BJP candidate withdrew in Kaikaluru, which was allotted to the TDP. Thulasinath the BJP leader in Chittoor withdrew his nomination.
As far as Congress is concerned, official candidates ran away from the contest in some Assembly seats. The seat held by APCC chief -Devendrappa has no Congress nominee as he withdrew on the last day and so is the case in Kalyanadurgam. The nominee joined YSRC.
In Narsipatnam seat in Visakhapatnam district, Congress official nominee K Appala Naidu withdrew.
The Congress was planning to organise public meetings in Seemandhra by Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Congress planned four rallies in Seemandhra after April 30 when Telangana goes to polls.