Polling Season is on: Tirupati Bypoll on April 17th

After dilly dallying a lot, the Election Commission released the schedule for the by-election to Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency. The EC will issue notification on March 23 and hold the election on April 17. The counting of votes would be held on May 2, along with some other constituencies across the state, it said.
Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency fell vacant following the death of sitting MP Balli Durga Prasada Rao of YSRC on September 16, 2020 due to Covid-19.  Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency is reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC) and covers Tirupati, Srikalahasti and Satyavedu (SC) assembly constituencies of Chittoor district and Sarvepalli, Venkatagiri, Guduru (SC) and Sullurupet (SC) constituencies of Nellore district. 
Meanwhile, the BJP, which had aligned with Jana Sena, has decided to contest the by-election and is likely to field retired IAS officer Dasari Srinivasulu. The BJP, which had won the Telangana’s Dubbaka assembly seat in a recent by-election, now wants to make its presence felt in Andhra Pradesh.
The TDP had named former Union minister Panabaka Lakshmi as the party’s candidate in November 2020. However, with indications that Lakshmi not keen on contesting, the party has to announce the candidature once again. 
The YSRCP had named noted physiotherapist Dr. Gurumurthy as its candidate. Chief minister and YSRC chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had cleared the candidature of Dr Gurumurthy after giving a promise to do justice to the late MP Balli Durgaprasada Rao’s family.  Accordingly, Durga Prasada Rao’s son Kalyana Chakravarthy was recently sent to the legislative council.
Given that the temple town is part of the constituency, the BJP is betting big on winning this seat through religious propaganda while also focussing its startegies on criticising the YSRCP for temple attacks in the state along with mass conversions to Christianity that are allegedly taking place in Andhra Pradesh. 
With the municipal polls just ending, the battle for the by-election will get louder in the days ahead this summer! 

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