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Tirupati bypolls: TDP wins with over one lakh vote margin

The bypoll was necessitated due to the death of Suguna's husband and TDP MLA M Venkataramana last December.

Riding on a sympathy wave, TDP nominee M Suguna on Monday won the by-election in the Tirupati Assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh by a massive margin of over one lakh votes.

The counting of votes for the February 13 bypoll was taken up this morning and Suguna established a sizeable lead from the first round itself.

The bypoll was necessitated due to the death of Suguna’s husband and TDP MLA M Venkataramana last December. The election had become a virtual a one-sided affair as main opposition YSR Congress decided not to field its candidate as per a “practice” of letting the family members get elected unopposed in the event of death of a sitting MLA.

Congress, still smarting under the complete rout in last year’s elections, entered the fray in the bypoll. Its misery increased further as party nominee R Sridevi lost the security deposit.

Attributing the victory to her late husband’s popularity among people, the development efforts of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and help from the Centre, Suguna said she would work for the temple town’s development and providing housing for the poor.