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It’s neck and neck for YSR Congress, TRS
TNN | Jun 13, 2012
PARKAL: The Konda couple are confident while the Telangana protagonists are no less optimistic of winning the seat with the massive turnout of the electorate in the bypolls on Tuesday. Nearly 84% of the total 1,87,222 voters in Parkal, Atmakur, Geesukonda and Sangem mandals of the Parkal constituency exercised their franchise.
While both TRS and YSR CP candidates are confident of winning the seat with a comfortable majority, analysts said it would be a tight finish between YSR CP’s Konda Surekha and TRS’ Moluguri Bikshapati. While Surekha is banking on her good work in the constituency, the TRS nominee is hoping that the strong Telangana sentiment would see him emerge victorious. In the 2009 elections, Surekha won against Bikshapati on Congress ticket.
“The high polling percentage indicates that the voting was anti-establishment, indicating a wave against the Konda couple,” a senior citizen at Geesukonda said. Bikshapati hails from Parkal and has sizeable voter backing in his home town and Atmakur mandals. He was a gram panchayat sarpanch in 2004 and developed Parkal town. He became zilla parishad vice-chairman when TRS had alliance with Congress. “He is a hands-on leader. Parkal voters know him closely. He stands a good chance this time around,” analysts said.
The road shows of Surekha, a minister in the YSR cabinet, saw good turnout of people and her stock rose after Vijayamma’s public meeting in Parkal. Her husband and MLC Konda Muralidhar Ra, who is a native of Vanchanagiri village in Geesukonda mandal, has considerable support. Shayampet, which lost the constituency in the delimitation exercise, was represented by the Konda couple. Sources said the Konda family has good support in Sangem and parts of Atmakur mandals.
But Surekha’s problem is that most voters identify her with the ‘hand’ symbol of the Congress and had voted her to victory in 2009. Also, her new symbol of fan, which is YSR CP’s, yet to be registered in the minds of the voters.
Congress (S Samma Rao) and BJP (Vijayachander Reddy) are only trying to get their deposits intact as the fight is mainly between Surekha and Bhikshapati. TDP candidate Ch Dharma Reddy is nowhere in the picture. Lok Satta candidate and nine independents, including retired DSP Nalini, are hoping that they would get some votes on Telangana sentiment.