YSR Congress faces first electoral test
Hyderabad: The newly launched YSR Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh will face its first electoral test today as its founder leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy takes on the Congress party and the Telugu Desam Party rivals in the by-election from the Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency.
The by-poll for the Pulivendula assembly seat will also be held today where Reddy's mother Y.S. Vijayalaxmi is seeking re-election.
The by-elections were caused by the resignation of Jaganmohan Reddy, popularly called Jagan, and Vijayalaxmi from the Lok Sabha and the state legislature in November of last year when they quit the Congress party and later launched the YSR Congress Party.
As many as 1,28,869 voters, including 680,566 women, are eligible for voting in the Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency. Massive security arrangements have been made for the by-elections, which will witness a triangular contest between the ruling Congress, the YSR Congress Party and the Telugu Desam Party.
More than 11,000 security personnel from state police and central paramilitary forces are deployed to ensure peaceful polling.
A total of 42 candidates are in the fray in Kadapa while 25 are contesting seats in the assembly in Pulivendula, one of the seven segments of the Kadapa parliamentary constituency.
The election authorities have deployed 7,779 polling personnel at 1,512 polling centres.
The election authorities have made arrangements for the live web cast of the polling process.