Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh is all set to go to Assembly Elections 2019 simultaneously with 25 Lok Sabha seats on April 11. The counting of votes for the same will be held on May 23. The 175-member state Assembly will witness a tough contest between the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress and the Communist Party of India (CPI).
The Andhra Pradesh Assembly Elections 2019 will witness over 3.93 crore voters – 1.98 crore women, 1.94 crore men and 3,908 transgenders – exercise their franchise. In total, 3,800 candidates, including Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, YSRCP supremo YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Jana Sena leader and actor Pawan Kalyan, are in the fray for the polls.
Naidu, who led TDP campaign, roped in National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee and Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal for a couple of meetings and roadshows.
On the other hand, Jagan has been drawing massive crowds with his speeches delivered in his distinct style. During the campaign for the YSRCP, he was joined by his mother YS Vijayamma and sister YS Sharmila.
Furthermore, if analysts are to be believed, Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena may tilt the balance of power by cutting into the votes of the TDP or the YSRCP. The party is making its political debut and contesting the polls in alliance with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), CPI and CPI-M. It is being expected that the actor-turned-politician, who had campaigned for TDP-BJP alliance in the previous elections, may do well in a few constituencies which have a sizeable population of Kapus, a community to which he himself belongs to.
The high-decibel campaign for Assembly elections and Lok Sabha polls in the state will come to an end on Tuesday, April 9.
These polls will witness the electoral debut of Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh, who is contesting for Assembly from Mangalagiri in the capital region of Amaravati, while the TDP chief is seeking re-election from Kuppam in his native Chittoor district. On the other hand, Jagan Reddy is contesting once again from Pulivendula, in Kadapa district, whereas Pawan Kalyan is contesting from two Assembly constituencies – Bhimavaram and Gajuwaka.
The Kuppam Assembly seat falls under Chittoor district. Constituency number 175 was won by TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu against YSRCP’s K Chandramouli by over 5,000 votes in 2014. For Andhra Pradesh Assembly Elections 2019, the seat will witness a contest between TDP’s N Chandrababu Naidu, YSRCP’s K Chandramouli, BJP’s Tulasi Nath NS and Congress’s Dr BR Suresh Babu.
The Mangalagiri Assembly seat falls under Guntur district. Constituency number 87 was won by YSRCP’s Alla Rama Krishna Reddy (Rk) against TDP’s Ganji Chiranjeevi by over 12 votes in 2014. For Andhra Pradesh Assembly Elections 2019, the seat will witness a contest between TDP chief’s son Nara Lokesh, YSRCP’s Alla Rama Krishna Reddy and BJP’s Jaggarapu Rammohan Rao.
The Pulivendla Assembly seat falls under Kadapa district. Constituency number 129 was won by YSRCP’s YS Jagan Mohan Reddy against TDP’s Venkata Satish Kumar Reddy Singareddy by over 60,000 votes in 2014. For Andhra Pradesh Assembly Elections 2019, the seat will witness a contest between YSRCP’s YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and TDP’s Satish Reddy.
The Bhimavaram Assembly seat falls under West Godavari district. Constituency number 59 was won by TDP’s Ramanjaneyulu Pulaparthi (Anji Babu) against YSRCP’s Grandhi Srinivas by over 13,000 votes in 2014. For Andhra Pradesh Assembly Elections 2019, the seat will witness a contest between YSRCP’s Srinivas Grandhi, Jana Sena’s Pawan Kalyan and TDP’s Pulaparthi Ramanjaneyulu.
The Gajuwaka Assembly seat falls under West Godavari district. Constituency number 25 was won by TDP’s Palla Srinivas Rao against YSRCP’s Nagireddy Tippala by over 21,000 votes in 2014. For Andhra Pradesh Assembly Elections 2019, the seat will witness a contest between YSRCP’s Tippala Nagi Reddy, Jana Sena’s Pawan Kalyan, BJP’s Pulusu Janardhan and TDP’s Palla Srinivasarao.
In 2014 elections, the TDP had won 102 seats in the 175-member Assembly while its then alliance partner BJP secured 4 seats. YSRCP emerged as the only opposition bagging 67 seats. Two independents were also elected.