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TDP-JSP reveals 99 candidates for Andhra Pradesh polls

TDP-JSP reveals 99 candidates for Andhra Pradesh polls.

TDP and JSP unveil joint list of 99 candidates for Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections; BJP alliance pending. YSRCP criticizes JSP’s involvement.

Telugu Desam Party (TDP), led by former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, and its coalition partner Jana Sena Party (JSP), headed by Pawan Kalyan, jointly announced a list of 99 candidates for the upcoming Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections. Addressing reporters at his residence in Undavalli, Amaravati, Naidu stated that as per the alliance agreement, JSP would contest in 24 assembly seats and three Lok Sabha constituencies.

In the initial candidate list, TDP nominated 94 candidates, while JSP put forward five names. Kalyan mentioned that the remaining 19 seats’ candidates would be announced soon.

Naidu also mentioned that they were awaiting the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) response regarding alliance formation. He added that seat allocation for BJP would be decided upon its decision to join the alliance.

The TDP’s candidate list includes representation from various communities, with 23 newcomers and 13 women. Naidu himself will contest from the Kuppam constituency, while his son, Nara Lokesh, will run from Mangalagiri. Nandamuri Balakrishna, Naidu’s brother-in-law, will contest from Hindupur.

The candidate selection process involved input from over 13.3 million people through interactive voice response systems, aiming to decentralize power and prioritize the aspirations of Andhra Pradesh’s citizens.

Pawan Kalyan stated that JSP’s decision to contest in 24 seats was made in the state’s broader interests rather than party or individual interests. He expressed that if JSP had won more seats in the 2019 elections, they would have demanded additional seats from TDP.

Responding to these developments, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, YSR Congress Party’s general secretary and advisor to the Andhra Pradesh government, criticized JSP’s alliance with TDP, suggesting it lacked independent stature in state politics. He questioned whether Naidu would field TDP candidates in seats allotted to Jana Sena.

Reddy emphasized that despite political theatrics from TDP and JSP, the people supported YSRCP due to the significant welfare schemes implemented by Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, benefiting 87% of the population.

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