The ruling YSR Congress is falling short of majority in the Legislative Council. Though it had the unchallenging majority in the Legislative Assembly having 151 members out of the 175, the party is having just 9 members in the 58-member House. The Telugu Desam Party has 29 members, followed by others, including 2 from the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Now, with three MLCs – two from the YSR Congress and one from the TDP – resigning to their posts, elections are to be held on August 26. The three seats were vacated by Karanam Balaramakrishna Murthy from the TDP and Kolagatla Veerabhadraswamy from the YSR Congress, as they were elected to the Assembly in the 2019 general elections.
With 151 MLAs on its side, the ruling YSR Congress is sure of wresting the seats without much difficulty. The YSR Congress has the obligation of sending Minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana to the Legislative Council to file one vacancy. He lost the Assembly election from Repalle constituency in Guntur district, still was taken into the cabinet due to his loyalties to the chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy.
For the balance two MLC seats, Jaganmohan Reddy had made commitments earlier to send its senior leaders Marri Rajasekhar from Chilakaluripet and Md Iqbal. The chief minister might opt for the candidatures of these two for the by-election and thus increase its strength after the by-election. Interestingly, there more vacancies in the Council from the local bodies quota as former ministers P Narayana and Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy and Payyavula Keshav resigned. While Narayana and Chandramohan Reddy resigned to contest the Assembly elections, Keshav resigned after his victory in the Assembly elections. As it appears, the ruling YSR Congress will win these three seats too from the local body elections, as the party is in power.