Andhra Pradesh: 6 YSRCP members elected unopposed to Council
While 5 are elected under MLAs’ quota, one member is elected in byelection
Amaravati: Six candidates of the ruling YSRCP were on Monday elected unopposed to the state Legislative Council. While five candidates were elected for a six-year term in the biennial elections under the MLAs quota, the sixth one was elected for a two-year tenure in a byelection.
The Legislature deputy secretary and Returning Officer declared the six candidates elected unanimously as no other nominations were filed. The formality was completed as the deadline for withdrawal of nominations ended on Monday afternoon.
Shaik Mohammed Iqbal has been re-elected for a second term, while senior leader C Ramachadraiah comes back to the Council after a four-year gap. The other candidates elected in the biennial election were Balli Kalyan Chakravarthy, son of deceased Tirupati MP Durga Prasada Rao, and leaders Mohammed Karimunneesa from Vijayawada and Duvvada Srinivas from Srikakulam.
Challa Bhageerath Reddy of Kurnool will fill the vacancy, caused due to the death of his father Ramakrishna Reddy, till March 29, 2023. Barring Iqbal and Ramachandraiah, the four other candidates received their election declaration from the Returning Officer. The YSRCP's strength in the 58-member Upper House of the state Legislature now rose to 14, including two nominated members, as it gained three seats in the biennial election.