Visakhapatnam- In the upcoming elections for the prestigious Visakhapatnam parliamentary constituency in Andhra Pradesh, a tough and competitive battle is anticipated with an increased number of candidates compared to previous elections. The heightened competition raises concerns about potential vote-splitting, increasing the likelihood of a candidate securing victory with a narrow majority of votes.
In the 2019 elections, the contest was primarily among three candidates: M Sri Bharat from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), VV Lakhmi Narayana from Jana Sena Party, and MVV Satyanarayana from YSRCP. Despite the presence of other candidates from BJP and Congress, MVV Satyanarayana emerged victorious with a majority of 4,414 votes. However, the upcoming elections are expected to witness an even more intense political battle.
According to party leaders, Sri Bharat is considered a strong contender to contest as an MP candidate from TDP in Visakhapatnam. Recently, YSRCP announced Botcha Jhansi Lakshmi, the spouse of Education Minister Botcha Satyanarayana, as its candidate for the constituency. Jhansi Lakshmi, having served as the Chairperson of District Zilla Parishad in Vizianagaram, was elected as an MP from Vizianagaram Lok Sabha constituency in 2009. However, she lost the 2014 election and has not been politically active in recent years.
With the potential entry of other prominent candidates, including GVL Narasimha Rao (BJP), KA Paul (Praja Shanti Party), and VV Lakshmi Narayana (Jai Bharat National Party), the electoral landscape becomes more complex. VV Lakshmi Narayana, with prior experience and influence in the constituency, remains a key player. GVL Narasimha Rao has actively addressed local issues and coordinated with central ministers, aspiring to secure an MP seat from Visakhapatnam. KA Paul, with plans to contest and a significant presence of Christian voters, aims to play a pivotal role.
The inclusion of Independent candidates further adds to the uncertainty of the election outcome. With a multitude of contestants in the fray, the question of who will emerge victorious remains open, intensifying the anticipation surrounding the Visakhapatnam parliamentary elections.