Telugu Desam Party supremo and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had finally cleared the party’s candidates for the MLC elections in the Assembly quota. As today is the last day for filing nominations, Chandrababu Naidu cleared the list at midnight after his return from the national capital.
The decision comes with one more term offered to finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu in the Assembly quota. Out of the four MLC seats that the ruling TDP is set to get in the MLA quota, the TDP had named Yanamala as its first choice. The other candidates included retired APNGO leader P Ashok Babu, party Visakhapatnam leader Duvvarapu Rama Rao and Kurnool leader B T Naidu.
The TDP chief had also cleared the names to fill the two vacancies in the Governor quota. The vacancies were caused by the resignation of Minister Somireddi Chandramohab Reddy and Ponnapureddi Ramasubba Reddy. Chandrababu Naidu had nominated Minister Adinarayana Reddy’s cousin Sivanadha Reddy and senior leader P Samanthakamani for these two vacancies. Samanthakamani is a sitting MLC elected in the MLA quota and is retiring on March 30. Naidu gave her one more term, while nominating Minister Amarnatha Reddy’s relative is an understanding reached in the party with Ramasubba Reddy, who will now contest to the Assembly, while Adinarayana Reddy will contest to the Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency.
Chandrababu Naidu had also cleared the name of Budda Sivanaga Jagadeeswara Rao for the Visakhapatnam local bodies constituency. The seat fell vacant following the death of M V V S Murthy.
However, the TDP chief is not interested in contesting the teachers’ and graduates’ constituency MLCs. He had reportedly told the party leaders not to have any official candidate for these elections, ahead of the general elections. He told the party leaders that any adverse result in the election would have its impact on the general election and decided not to contest this time. However, he let the issue of supporting some independent candidates in Krishna-Guntur and East Godavari-West Godavari graduates’ constituencies and the north Andhra teachers’ constituency.