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Minister faces multi-pronged challenge

By Ravi Reddy

NIZAMABAD, MARCH 19. The Minister for Technical Education, Nerella Anjaneyulu's winning streak for the fourth successive time is set to face a stiff challenge from his own partymen, who are going all out to oppose his candidature.

Mr. Anjaneyulu, representing the Yellareddy segment in the Medak Lok Sabha constituency since 1989, is facing rough weather from his own partymen. Additionally, he has to take on the formidable combined force of the Congress and the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, which have made inroads into the TDP bastion after the local body polls in 2001. The three-time legislator, having served as the Government Whip and a Minister, is all set to seek re-election despite growing opposition from the party cadres. The former ZPTC member, Gopi Goud, is stoutly opposing his candidature. To compound his woes, women, especially the DWCRA members, are confronting him on several issues.

Unfulfilled promises and neglect of the rural areas has contributed to the women's ire. This was evident when a DWCRA member participating in the International Women's Day celebrations in Yellareddy town earlier this month, forced him to beat a hasty retreat. The Minister faced hostile crowds in other areas too. Notwithstanding the setback and unpleasant experiences, Mr. Anjaneyulu continues to be the only senior leader of the TDP in the constituency.

Yellareddy has been a TDP stronghold since 1983 when the party was formed. The Congress won the seat only on two occasions, while the Republican Party of India and the Telangana Praja Samiti nominees represented the constituency on two occasions.

T.N.Sadalaxmi became the first MLA to represent the reserved constituency in 1962 elections by defeating J.Eswari Bai of the RPI. But Eswari Bai avenged her defeat by wresting the seat in the 1967 polls and won the election also in 1972.

In the 1978 polls, the seat was dereserved and an excise contractor, T.Bala Goud, won the election but made way for the first TDP MLA, L.Kishan Reddy, in the 1983 elections.

In 1985, Y. Srinivas Reddy of the TDP retained the seat but had to make way for Mr. Anjaneyulu, who won the seat in 1989 defeating the former TDP MLA, Kishan Reddy. He retained the seat in the 1994 and 1999 elections.

The election this time is set to witness a keen contest again. The TRS, after a landslide victory in the local body polls, is keen to contest the seat following a poll tie-up with the Congress.

There is a long list of aspirants from the pro-Telangana party. A Backward Class leader, Nallamadugu Surender, a Secunderabad Cantonment Board employee, Enugu Ravinder Reddy, a journalist, Jamalpur Ganesh, besides a few others are vying for the ticket.

Among Congress leaders, Janardhan Goud, who contested unsuccessfully last time, is lobbying hard. Another Congress leader, Pratap Reddy, is using his influence to get the ticket. BC votes in the constituency are crucial for the victory of any candidate.

There are a considerable number of tribal votes in Gandhari and Lingampet mandals, which could tilt the balance. Severe drinking water crisis in the rural areas of the constituency and lack of irrigation sources are major poll issues.

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