Telugu Desam Party, which is front-runner to clinch power in residuary state of Andhra Pradesh, has released its first list of candidates contesting for Assembly, Lok Sabha in Seemandhra on Wednesday.
The first list features 7 Lok Sabha and 47 Assembly segments in Seemandhra. TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu will be in fray from his Kuppam Assembly seat in Chittoor district. Late TDP leader K Yerran Naidu’s son K Ram Mohan Naidu has been fielded from Srikakulam parliamentary seat. The other Lok Sabha candidates are Maganti Venkateswara Rao (Eluru), Nimmala Kistappa (Hindupur), NMD Farooq (Nandyal), N Sivaprasad (Chittoor), Konakalla Narayana (Machilipatnam). Seven-time MLA, patriarch of Vizianagaram Royal family Ashok Gajapati Raju has been fielded for Vizianagaram Parliament constituency.
Naidu said he has made the selection of candidates in a very scientific manner, keeping in mind, factors like social justice and track record. He has also used an interactive voice response system through mobile phones to know the preference of the electorate. The voters were given certain names of candidates to choose and also the option of suggesting a candidate of their choice.
The elections to 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Seemandhra would be held on May 7. As part of pre-electoral deal with BJP, TDP shell out 15 Assembly seats and five Lok Sabha seats to its partner BJP in Seemandhra.