Vijayawada: The ongoing battle for the two MLC seats in the teachers’ constituency appears to be one-sided with the teachers’ unions standing firm behind the two candidates in the two Godavari districts and Krishna-Guntur district, where the withdrawal of nominations is over.
After the withdrawals, the officials have held 11 nominations valid for the East and West Godavari constituency and 19 nominations for the Krishna-Guntur constituency.
The Left-sponsored teachers’ unions have fielded Shaik Sabjee for the East-West Godavari districts and Boddu Nageswara Rao for the Krishna-Guntur constituencies.
In Krishna-Guntur, sitting MLC, A S Rama Krishna, backed by TDP is seeking re-election and is set to give tough fight to the Progressive Democratic Forum (PDF) nominee Boddu Nageswara Rao. The ruling YSR Congress opted out of contest and had left this round of MLC elections to the teachers’ unions. This made the victory of the two PDF nominees much easier.
Gandham Narayana Rao is in the fray backed by the State Teachers’ Union, while the rest are testing on their own strength and popularity. Shaik Sabjee has the support of the United Teachers’ Federation (UTF) and the AP Teachers’ Federation (APTF), giving him edge over his rivals.
While Sabjee in the Godavari districts is a strong leader in the teachers’ unions, Nageswara Rao in Krishna-Guntur had earlier won the MLC seat in the graduates’ constituency. Nageswara Rao is also backed by the UTF and the APTF, which have together greater support among the teachers.
TDP, which is backing the sitting MLC Rama Krishna is trying its luck in the toughest battle. Sources say that Nageswara Rao has comfortable support among the teaching community, despite some individual teachers are in the fray.
Sources also indicate that the ruling YSR Congress is backing the PDF candidates in the two constituencies thus making the victory of Sabjee and Nageswara Rao easier.
The ruling YSR Congress opted out of contest and had left this round of MLC elections to the teachers’ unions. Sources indicate that the ruling YSR Congress is backing the PDF candidates in the two constituencies