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Cong wins 34 of the 42 seats in Andhra,TDP gets only 6

The Congress delivered a bonanza to the UPA by winning 34 of the 42 Parliamentary seats in Andhra Pradesh.

The Congress delivered a bonanza to the UPA by winning 34 of the 42 Parliamentary seats in Andhra Pradesh. The TDP performed dismally,winning only six seats,while the TRS won only two. Asaduddin Owaisi of the AIMIM won from Hyderabad for the second time. The Praja Rajyam Party,BJP and Left parties failed to win even a single seat. Aided by populist schemes,the Congress wrested even traditional strongholds of the TDP like Srikukulam where TDP politburo member and three-time MP K Yerran Naidu was defeated by Congress’ K K Rani.

Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s son Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy won the Kadapa seat.

Minister of State for Women Development and Child Welfare Renuka Chowdary lost from Khammam Lok Sabha seat. She was defeated by Nama Nageswara Rao of the TDP by 120,000 votes. Renuka had defeated Rao in 2004 polls by over 100,000 votes.

The four other Central ministers from Andhra Pradesh were re-elected. Minister for Urban Development S Jaipal Reddy won from Chevella,Minister of State for Human Resources D Purandareswari won from Visakhapatnam,Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Pannabaka Lakshmi from Bapatla and Minister of State for Defence Pallam Raju was re-elected from Kakinada. Jaipal Reddy was elected from the newly-created Chevella Lok Sabha seat by over 25,000 votes.

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“We won because people were on our side. It was our alliance with the people,” said Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy,taking a dig at the grand alliance led by the TDP.

Andhra Pradesh

• Union Minister Renuka Chowdary lost from Khammam

• TDP politburo member K Yerran Naidu lost from Srikukulam.

• YSR’s son Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy won from Kadapa

• BJP state president Bandaru Dattetreya lost from Secunderabad

First published on: 17-05-2009 at 01:43:21 am
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