The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party have released their lists too for the Assembly and Parliament seats in Andhra Pradesh. While there is some discussion about the lists of these two parties in the neighbouring Telangana, not much attention was paid to them in Andhra Pradesh.
The BJP had released its first list on Sunday, while the Congress had cleared its first list late on Monday night. The two parties have struggled hard to find some prominent names in their list. While the BJP has no such names except that of former Union minister Daggubati Purandheswari for Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha seat, the Congress suffered a lot in fielding some known faces this time. A good number of the Congress senior leaders have deserted the party in the last five years. The latest was Panabaka Lakshmi, former Union Minister, who had joined the Telugu Desam Party last week and is now the party’s candidate for Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency. Former union ministers like Chintha Mohan and J D Seelam are still with the Congress and are fighting the Lok Sabha polls from Tirupathi and Bapatla respectively.
BJP’s sitting MP from Visakhapatnam and the party state unit former president K Haribabu, for reasons best known to him, had pulled out of the elections at a time when the party is in trouble. Sitting MP Gokaraju Gangaraju too had given up the fight this time. Former minister and sitting MLA from Kaikaluru in Krishna district, Kamineni Srinivas, too had opted out of the elections this time. While another MLA Akula Satyanarayana had joined the Jana Sena and is now contesting the Rajahmundry Lok Sabha seat. Party’s floor leader in Assembly, P Vishnukumar Raju, is contesting for the second time from Visakhapatnam North, while the party is yet to clear the candidature of its former minister P Manikyala Rao for Tadepalligudem in West Godavari district.