Vijayawada: Nominations for two teacher MLC seats that will go for polls on March 14 closed on Tuesday. The seats will fall vacant on March 29 with the retirement of Ramu Surya Rao for the Godavari districts and A S Rama Krishna for Krishna and Guntur districts.
The electoral officials have received eight nominations from the two Godavari districts, while there were 11 nominations for the Krishna-Guntur seat. The Progressive Democratic Front, backed by the Left parties, have fielded Shaik Sabjee for the Godavari districts and Boddu Nageswara Rao for the Krishna and Guntur districts seat.
Sitting MLC and associate member of the TDP, A S Rama Krishna, too filed his papers for the second term. Boddu Nageswara Rao of the PDF, who was MLC in 2013 in the graduates’ constituency, is now trying his luck in the teachers’ constituency. Supported by some strong teachers’ unions including AP Teachers Federation and United Teachers’ Federation, both Sabjee and Nageswara Rao have better chances this time. However, A S Rama Krishna, who is backed by the TDP, is also a strong contestant in the Krishna and Guntur teachers’ constituency and is set to give a tough fight.
The nominations will be scrutinised on February 24 and the valid nominations will be notified for the elections once withdrawals are completed on February 26.