The ruling YSR Congress Party’s Mekapati Vikram Reddy secured a big win in the Atmakur bypoll in Andhra Pradesh, winning by a margin of 82,888 votes. Reddy polled 1,02,241 votes while his closest rival and BJP candidate G Bharat Kumar Yadav secured only 19,353 votes. BSP candidate N Obuleshu secured 4,904 votes.
After the Atmakur bypoll result was declared, Vikram Reddy took out a victory rally. Thanking the voters, he said he would work to develop the constituency and strengthen the party.
The counting of votes was held at the Atmakur Engineering College, and Reddy started leading from the first round itself. The YSRCP led in both ballot and postal votes. Out of the 605 postal ballots, 205 were valid and out of that, the YSRCP got 167 votes.
This is the third time the YSRCP has won from Atmakur with Mekapati Goutham Reddy winning in 2014 and 2019. In 2019, Goutham Reddy defeated Bollineni Krishnayya of the TDP by a margin of over 22,000 votes. In 2014, he won over G Murali Kanna Babu of the TDP by a majority of 31,412 votes.
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The Atmakur bypoll was held on June 23 which was necessitated after the demise of Mekapati Goutham Reddy, who was YSR Congress Party MLA and Industries Minister, on February 21 due to a heart attack.
While 14 candidates were in the fray, the contest was between the YSRCP and the BJP. The BJP candidate G Bharat Kumar Yadav is a novice and in spite of the backing of actor-turned-politician K Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena, it was a vain attempt.
The main opposition party—the Telugu Desam Party (TDP)—did not contest, apart from Congress. The TDP said it is the party’s tradition of not fielding its candidate against family members of deceased MLAs and MPs in by-elections. As the YSRCP fielded Goutham Reddy’s brother Vikram Reddy, the TDP stayed away from the Atmakur bypoll. The Jana Sena also did not contest but lent its support to the BJP.
The Atmakur constituency, part of the Nellore Parliament Constituency, has approximately 2.12 lakh voters.
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