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Tough battle on the cards in Ongole Assembly segment

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 4 2019 10:18PM
Tough battle on the cards in Ongole Assembly segment
Ongole (AP) April 4:- (H.S.) A keenly contested battle is on the cards for the Ongole Assembly segment in Prakasam district. The main contenders the Telugudesam party sitting MLA Damacharla Janardhan Rao and former MLA Balineni Srinivasa Reddy of the YSR Congress party are putting all out efforts to win the seat. The Jana Sena party candidate Shaik Diaz, with support from the Left parties and the BSP, is also in the poll fray. In 2014, Damacharla and Balineni had fought for the constituency with the Telugudesam contender winning it with the support of the BJP. The Congress has won the seat seven times, the Telugudesam party four times, and Independent candidates twice. This year, the Ongole segment election has already become the most expensive one in the A.P.State with each candidate reportedly spending crore’s of Rupees. Allegedly, distribution of liquor and money is very high in the district and specials teams formed to check the illegal activity have not been of much help. This time, the ruling party may find it tough as it has lost the support of the Jana Sena and the BJP. However, the TDP candidate said it was the goodwill earned by the Telugudesam government due to its welfare schemes and the development activities he took up during his tenure that would win him the seat. Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, who has won from the constituency four times on Congress tickets, is likely to give a tough battle to his counterpart, D Janardhan Rao. He said the YSR Congress party ‘navaratnalu’ programme and Jagan Mohan Reddy’s good image would guarantee his victory. Meanwhile, Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy, who was previously with the TDP, will be contesting for the Ongole Parliament seat on YSR Congress ticket. The leader is up against Telugu Desam’s Sidda Raghava Rao, the A.P.State’s Forest Minister. Drinking water problem is a major issue as all the candidates have assured the locals to resolve it. Since January, many areas of the segment are being supplied water once in four days in Ongole Town.M.Someswara Rao, H.S. \
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