RS POLLS – CM Naidu springs surprise, picks TG
Ending days of speculation over selection of candidates for the Rajya Sabha polls, TDP chief and AP chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday took everyone by surprise by naming former minister and top industrialist TG Venkatesh from Kurnool district as one of his party’s candidates. His late night announcement dashed the hopes of many aspirants from BC and Dalit communities.
Re-nomination of Y Sujana Chowdary , Union minister of state for science and technology, was a done deal, while Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu will be the TDPBJP combine’s candidate. Na ming candidate for the third seat saw day-long deliberations among senior TDP leaders.When speculation was rife that Naidu may choose someone either from the backward classes or the scheduled castes, he picked Venkatesh.
Naidu, however, remained evasive on whether or not a fourth candidate would be fielded to spoil the lone opposition YSRC’s chance of winning one seat.
A total of four seats are to be filled from AP. The TDP-BJP combine can comfortably bag three seats while the YSRC stands the chance of winning its maiden seat in the Upper House of Parliament.
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