With the schedule for by-elections already announced, the Telugu Desam is certain to win the Nellore Lok Sabha seat by taking advantage of a possible ‘split vote' between the YSR Congress and the ruling Congress party.
After the Congress announced T. Subbarami Reddy's name, the TDP camp expects many chances to give a strong fight on the lines of the Kovur Assembly constituency by-election recently.
TDP Nellore LS candidate Vanteru Venugopala Reddy, who lost in 2009 general election, asserts that he was going to emerge victorious because of what looked an unavoidable vote split between the YSR Congress and the ruling Congress. “A new voting pattern will emerge this time where I stand more chances than the other candidates,” he said.
The TDP camp mainly relies on a new arithmetic in which Mr. Venugopala Reddy got 3.75 lakh votes in 2009 as against 4.25 lakh votes polled by winning candidate Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy (then in ruling Congress) and 1.38 lakh votes polled by Jana Ramachandraiah Goud of the erstwhile Praja Rajyam.
Venugopala Reddy said that even in the changed equations, he would poll more or less the same vote in the present by-poll.Now, the TDP would attract some more backward classes vote in the absence of PR. In all likelihood, Congress and YSRCP candidates would have to share 5.35 lakh votes in this by-poll and they are likely to split it to their total disadvantage, the TDP candidate said.
At the TDP district general body meeting held here on Friday morning, Venugopala Reddy asserted his chances to win saying that the TDP still got its vote bank intact. Now that Congress brought in Subbarami Reddy, the YSRCP leaders are not boasting about huge majority as the congress candidate would match the money power of YSRC, he said