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Can Botcha overcome hurdles?

Can Botcha overcome hurdles?
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It could be an uphill task for former Minister and APCC president Botcha Satyanarayana to overcome many a hurdle in the Legislative Council election from local bodies constituency in Visakhapatnam district. On the other hand the ruling TDP’s chances in the election are billed to be bright. TDP has fielded former MLA Pappala Chalapathi Rao. The party is yet to announce the second candidate.

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Council polls from local bodies constituency

Former Minister and APCC president will contest as YSRCP candidate

Vizianagaram: It could be an uphill task for former Minister and APCC president Botcha Satyanarayana to overcome many a hurdle in the Legislative Council election from local bodies constituency in Visakhapatnam district. On the other hand the ruling TDP’s chances in the election are billed to be bright. TDP has fielded former MLA Pappala Chalapathi Rao. The party is yet to announce the second candidate.


The YSRCP is fielding Satyanarayana as its candidate in the district. He is exuding confidence that he can get enough votes from both the Congress and YSRCP to win. But the prospects of Satyanarayana winning the election without encountering obstacles are dim. There are 744 voters who include MPTCs, ZPTCs and two MLAs. The TDP claims to have 325 votes. The ruling party leaders have said the YSRCP has just 275 votes.


The Congress, CPI-M and Independents also have a few votes. If former Minister Konathala Ramakrishana will contest either as an Independent with the support of TDP or party candidate, Satyanaraya will have to face uphill task. Some of YSRCP voters too prefer to vote for Ramakrishan as he was with the party till recently.

Meanwhile, dissidence has come to fore in the YSRCP. An MPTC in Araku constituency said, “I will vote in accordance with the dictates of my conscience. Some of the MPTc cannot accept the candidature of Satyanrayana.” Araku Lok Sabha member Kottapalli Geetha, when contacted, said her followers had chalked out a strategy of their own.

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