It is now clear that Kapus of the region have indeed backed Chiranjeevi’s Prajarajyam Party so blindly but that did not ensure the party to come out with flying colours at the hustings. The PRP candidates though lost the elections have polled between 15-50 thousand votes. The only factor that seemed to have gone against Chiru’s party is that it lacked support from other communities such as BCs, SCs and minorities.
It is evident from the fact that all the three candidates, who won the election for PRP in the region are non-Kapus. While two of them are Vysyas, the other is a Kamma. The Kapu leaders, who considered themselves strong, have lost the elections because they run the show only around Kapu voters whereas the victorious leaders had the support from other communities in addition to the Kapu votes.
The PRP nominees have virtually played spoilsport with many of the Congress candidates in Krishna district. For instance, minister Mandali Budhaprasad lost the election at Avanigadda with a thin margin of just 417 votes where the PRP candidate Ramesh polled 37,656 votes. Here the TDP nominee Ambati Bramhanaiah turned victorious only because of the backing of BCs.
Another minister Pinnamaneni Venkateswara Rao lost the election to TDP’s Kodali Nani at Gudivada with a margin of about 17,000 votes where the PRP candidate polled about 21,000 votes. Though former Congress legislators and PRP’s Buragadda Vedavyas and Vangaveeti Radhakrishna secured 35,000 and 51,000 votes respectively, they could not snatch victories due to the drifting away of other community votes.
Vedavyas jumped the fence only a few weeks before the polls to PRP and contested from Machilipatnam constituency. His migration to the all-new Machilipatnam constituency seems to have not got the acceptance of the other communities in the constituency as they believe that he shifted to Machilipatnam from his native Pedana (previously he represented Malleswaram) only keeping in view of the strong Kapu vote base in the port town.
Curiously, Vedavyas came third way behind TDP’s Kollu Ravindra, a BC. Nani won the seat with a majority of 11,399 votes. In all, the PRP polled a good 4,78,774 votes in Krishna district but it returned with only two assembly seats out of the 16 at stake. While the ruling Congress secured seven seats with 9.02 lakh votes, TDP too bagged an equal number of seats with 9.14 lakh votes.
Except for the lightweight PRP nominee at Jaggiahapet, Kota Kishore who got 2043, all others -B Ramu (Gannavaram-19,806), R V Rao (Gudivada-21,582), K Srinivas (Kaikalur-49,372), M Veerraju (Pedana-29,172), M Mohan Rao (Pamarru-23,438), M Vijayanirmala (Nuziveedu-24,786), D Mohan (Penamalur-31,868) polled handsome votes.
Even in Guntur new faces like M Sudhakar (Macherla-16,368), T Venkatesh (Ponnur-30,247), K Vijayakumar (Narasaraopet-17,220), D Chakravarthi (Sattenapalle-25,522), Katti Padma Rao (Vemur-23,300), Santhi Jyothi (Tadikonda-15,969) and Seetharamaiah (Bapatla-15,911) secured good votes.
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