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Daggubati legacy to impact outcome

Daggubati legacy to impact outcome
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Daggubati legacy to impact outcome. Contrary to the expectations of a three-cornered fight between the Congress, YSR Congress Party and the Telugu Desam Party for the prestigious Parchur Assembly seat in Prakasam district, the Congress has suffered a severe jolt as Daggubati Venkateswara Rao quit the party protesting the State’s bifurcation.

TDP, YSRCP worried over prospects

Contrary to the expectations of a three-cornered fight between the Congress, YSR Congress Party and the Telugu Desam Party for the prestigious Parchur Assembly seat in Prakasam district, the Congress has suffered a severe jolt as Daggubati Venkateswara Rao quit the party protesting the State’s bifurcation.

There is now not even a single person who is willing to carry the Congress flag in the constituency. Chinna Ganjam, Inkollu, Karamchedu, Marturu, Parchur and Yaddanapudi mandals are in this constituency.

Gottipati Bharat is fighting on the YSRCP while Eluru Sambasiva Rao represents the TDP. Both are youth leaders. However, Sambasiva Rao has toured all villages in the constituency during the last two years as part of his padayatra that was aimed at establishing a direct rapport with the locals.

Bharat is the son of Gottipati Narasaiah, a popular figure in Prakasam district politics. Bharat entered the political arena following the death of his father recently. Since the beginning, Gottipati family has had a separate group of followers in every village.

Daggubati Venkateswara Rao was elected MLA from this constituency several times earlier. But after he quit the Congress, his supporters have started shifting to the YSRCP. Consequently, what was thought to be a cakewalk for Yeluri Sambasiva Rao has now become a tightrope walk. Though Sambasiva Rao has mustered quite a few supporters during his padayatra, he too is worried about his winning prospects.

Support of the Daggubati group is vital for any candidate to win here. Already, some members of the group have shifted to the YSRCP. It remains to be seen which party will be successful in converting these groups into votes.

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