Upcoming bypolls in the two Telugu states have heated up the political atmosphere with YSRCP and BJP entering into a Twitter war over Tirupati Parliamentary seat in Andhra Pradesh while in Telangana ruling TRS today chose to field the kin of the sitting MLA to fob off a strong challenge from Congress at Nagarjunasagar Assembly seat.
Both seats fell vacant after the incumbents passed away last year. The Tirupati Parliamentary seat has seen BJP trying to be counted as a serious contender with the help of its ally Jana Sena led by Telugu actor Pawan Kalyan. In fact, the bypoll saw YSRCP Rajya Sabha MP Vijaya Sai Reddy taking a dig at BJP state president Somu Veerraju who urged BJP supporters to take care of Pawan Kalyan who was liked by the Prime Minister and will be the state’s CM.
Reddy in a tweet in Telugu said: “People are laughing at the drama played by you ahead of Tirupati byeelection.” He said BJP was pretending that their man (Kalyan) will become CM if the party retains its deposit but the people of Tirupati will bless YSRCP once again.
BJP has fielded retired IAS officer Ratna Prabha from Tirupati and hopes its campaign about alleged misgovernance at Tirupati Temple and attacks on other temples in the state will bear fruit. However, the people of AP are unhappy with the national party over privatisation of Vizag Steel Plant and other such “injustices” by the Centre. BJP state president Somu Veerraju retaliated by referring to the graft charges against Reddy and called the YSRCP a party of thieves.
In Telangana, CM and TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao chose the son of ex-MLA Nomula Narsimhaiah as party candidate for Nagarjunasagar Assembly seat against Congress stalwart K Jana Reddy. In the 2018 Assembly polls Narsimhaiah, a former Leftist, had wrested the seat for TRS from Reddy after losing to him in 2014. TRS hopes to retain the seat thwarting Reddy after its poll debacle in Dubbaka bypoll and Hyderabad civic polls and handed over the B-form to N Bhagat Kumar today.