By K Nageswara Rao Medak, Andhra Pradesh, Apr 16 UNI | 3 months ago

Medak that catapulted to fame after Indira Gandhi in 1980 contested and won from this backward region, will now see Telengana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Chief K Chandrashekhar Rao vying to win from his home turf amid rebel trouble.


Andhra Pradesh, recently wracked by unrest over splitting of the state, will have interesting contests not only in the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies but in the 175 Assembly constituencies too, going to polls simultaneously.

Voters of this backward region of Telangana known for their loyalty have elected Congress candidates in 9 times in the 15 Lok Sabha polls conducted over the years from this constituency.

It was only in 1994 that Telugu Desam Party had a slight majority over Congress, otherwise even in 2009 elections TDP and TRS could get one seat each as Congress garnered one Lok Sabha and 8 Assembly seats in Medak.

A triangular battle is on the cards between Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Congress and YSRC even as the BJP which has opted for Medak in a seat sharing adjustment with TDP fielded Chaganla Narendra Nath, who contested on Congress ticket in 2009 and lost. He runs an NGO in Medak.

With TRS chief K C Rao ,a native of Medak district contesting from Medak, there was anticipation that Congress will field former Medak MP and actress Vijayashanthi who has quit TRS and joined Congress just before announcement of schedule.

However, in an alleged agreement with TRS, Congress restricted Vijayashanthi to Medak Assembly segment and fielded Dr Sravan Kumar Reddy, a former YSRC district president and a native of neighboring Hyderabad.

"I am not a novice to politics. I belong to a family of Congress men, moreover five assembly segments out of seven belonged to Congress making my candidature stronger than my opponents," Dr Reddy says denying that the party has deliberately chose a sacrificial goat against a formidable opponent like KCR.

KCR, who has been trying to consolidate its position in his home turf Medak district, has grabbed the opportunity by contesting from Gajwel Assembly segment and also Medak LS seat. But in both segments, the TRS Chief is facing rebel problem.

Looking at Assembly segments, TRS is strong only in Siddipet and hopes to improve its position this time as KCR's return to Medak after contesting successfully from Karimnagar and Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha segments.

Siddipet is represented by KCR's nephew T Harish Rao who has won in this TRS stronghold four times and is contesting for the fifth time in row. KCR has promised a separate Siddipet district and hopes to win this seat with ease.

In nearby Dubbaka, former Maoist and MLA Solipeta Ramalinga Reddy has filed nomination and is pitted against a Kisan leader Cheruku Mutyam Reddy of Congress.

In Medak Assembly segment ,TRS has pitted its candidate Padma Devender Reddy against Vijayashanthi and hopes that the former TDP leader Mainampalli Hanmantha Rao's disgruntled cadre will help TRS as Hanmanth Rao is now TRS party's candidate in Malkajigiri Parliament segment.

Following the 2008 Reorganisation of constituencies, Medak constituency took a new shape with Siddipet, Dubbak, Gajwel,

Medak, Sangareddy, Narsapur and Patancheru assembly segments.

The Zaheerabad Lok Sabha seat was carved with Zaheerabad, Narayankhed, Andole from Medak district and Banswada, Jukkal, Kamareddy and Yellareddy from Nizamabad district.

Medak Lok Sabha constituency has 21,36,348 voters in which 10,77,742 are men and 10, 58,496 are women.

Medak Parliamentary constituency consists of seven Assembly segments -- Siddipet, Sangareddy, Gajwel, medak, patancheru, Naraspur and Dubbak.

Looking at Assembly segments, TRS is strong only in Siddipet and hopes to improve its position this time as KCR returns to Medak after contesting successfully from Karimnagar and Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha segments.

In nearby Dubbaka, former Maoist and MLA Solipeta Ramalinga Reddy has filed nomination and is pitted against a Kisan leader Cheruku Mutyam Reddy of Congress.

In Medak Assembly segment, TRS has pitted its candidate Padma Devender Reddy against Vijayashanthi and hopes that the former TDP leader Mainampalli Hanmantha Rao's disgruntled cadre will help TRS as Hanmanth Rao is now TRS party's candidate in Malkajigiri Parliament segment.

While, KCR is confident of winning Gajwel , TRS is facing a tough opponent in the shape of Congress sitting MLA Sunitha Laxma Reddy in Narsapur. In Sangareddy, the district headquarters TRS is struggling to set its foot as sitting MLA Jayaprakash Reddy of Congress is keen on achieving a hat trick.

In Patancheru, the TRS is banking on Gudem Mahipal Reddy former YSRC leader, and the Congress front is experiencing an internal turmoil with official candidate and sitting MLA Nandiswar Goud facing trouble from Mahipal Reddy.

Influencing factors are that politically active Medak voter wants that their MP should solve problems plaguing the district for decades.

"Even though the district has given this nation its prime minister, there is no secured water supply to Medak town.There is no railway link to Sangareddy, Medak and Siddipet Revenue divisions," said Mallesham CPM Sangareddy Assembly candidate.

"Patancheru is the largest and most polluted industrial area in Asia. Hundreds of water bodies were polluted beyond repair and we hope that our representative in the Lok Sabha takes up this issue and helps revive agriculture in this region," said Dr Krishna, a physician and social activist in Patancheru.

A total of 13 candidates remain in the fray from Medak parliamentary constituency where TRS Chief faces trouble having to fight party rebels in both seats he is constesting.

TRS rebel Beeraiah Yadav, who was denied the party ticket, has not opted out of the race against party Chief KCR. Yadav, who had filed his nomination papers after welcoming KCR at the helipad in Medak, the other day , decided to remain in the fray.

Even in Gajwel Assembly constituency, from where the TRS chief is also contesting ,he faces rebel trouble with party Ketireddy Linga Reddy and Venkatesh Goud (KCR fans Association President), deciding to remain in the fray in poll battle. Mr Goud will be contesting on the ticket of Bahujan Samaj party (BSP).

(Posted on 16-04-2014)