Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, BJP presidents of the state and Telangana K Haribabu and G Kishan
Reddy and leaders of TDP and BJP accompanied her as she submitted her papers to the Legislature Secretary.
The Telugu Desam Party, an ally in the BJP-led NDA government, is supporting her candidature.
Sitharaman, who is Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry (Independent charge), is expected to be elected
unopposed as the only opposition party YSR Congress is said to be not inclined to jump into the contest.
Filed my nomination for RS. Grateful for support of TDP. Touched by the gesture of @ncbn – proposing my name. Thanks BJP veterans & cadres.
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) June 21, 2014
The by-election was caused due to the death of sitting MP N Janardhana Reddy of the Congress, whose term was originally supposed to end on June 21, 2016.
The TDP-BJP alliance has a comfortable majority of 107 members in the 175-member Assembly.
Last date for filing of nominations is June 23 and June 26 for withdrawal. The election, if required, will be held on July 3.
Sources said Ashish Khetan will be the vice-chairman of the commission.
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