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Veteran braces for another fight
On the expected lines, senior Congress leader Dr Chinta Mohan will contest from Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency. Party high command had released the first list of candidates for 23 Parliament and 132 Assembly seats in the State including three seats from Chittoor district.
Tirupati: On the expected lines, senior Congress leader Dr Chinta Mohan will contest from Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency. Party high command had released the first list of candidates for 23 Parliament and 132 Assembly seats in the State including three seats from Chittoor district.
Mohan a six-time MP and former Union Minister is trying his luck again this time after the party faced a humiliating defeat in the 2014 election in which the party could not get a single Assembly or Parliament seat due to the wrath of the people of the State holding the party responsible for the division of Andhra Pradesh.
Interestingly, Mohan is facing formidable rivals including his own party leader Panabaka Lakshmi also a former Union minister who quit the Congress last week after Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu assured his party ticket for contesting from Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency and YSR Congress Party candidate Balli Durgaprasada Rao.
Rao former TDP MLA and a Minister also ditched TDP and fighting for Tirupati Parliament as YSRCP candidates. While the Jana Sena Party combine allotted Tirupati Parliament seat to BSP which is yet to finalise its candidate. In 2014 election, YSRCP won Tirupati Lok Sabha seat. which this time is witnessing a multi-cornered fight for the seat with BJP also deciding to field its candidate for the seat.
As per the Congress list, the other two Congress candidates fighting for LS constituencies include Mohd Shahjahan Basha (Rajampeta) and Dr Cheemala Rangappa (Chittoor).