Lok Sabha election 2019: New TDP candidate to defend Amalapuram seat in Andhra
Amalapuram, reserved Scheduled Castes Lok Sabha seat falls in the oil and gas belt in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.
Like many others, Amalapuram was once a Congress stronghold which won the seat in 1962, 1967, 1971 and 1980 Lok Sabha elections.
But since 1984, the TDP has won the seat five times. In 2014, TDP’s Pandula Ravindra Babu won the seat defeating YSRCP’s Pinipe Viswarupu by over a lakh votes while the Congress’ Butchi Maheswara Rao finished a distant third. The TDP won 15 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh in 2014.
Ahead of the upcoming election, Babu who is a doctor by qualification, quit TDP and joined YSRCP on February 18. The TDP has named former Lok Sabha speaker late GMC Balyogi’s son Harish as its candidate for the Amalapuram seat this time while the YRSCP will field Chinta Anuradha
According to the 2011 census, out of total population of 1872795, 91.22% is rural and 8.78% is urban population. The Scheduled castes (SC) and Scheduled tribes (ST) ratio is 24.58 and 0.78, respectively out of total population.
Amalapuram Lok Sabha constituency in numbers:
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Amalapuram
Reservation nature of constituency: SC
2019 candidates: AyyajiVema Manepalli (BJP), Janga Gowtham (Congress), GMC Balayogi (TDP), Chinta Anuradha (YSR)
Date of polling: April 11
Sitting MP, Party: Pandula Ravindra Babu, TDP (Joined YSRCP in Feb 2019)
Winning margin in 2014: 120,576 votes
Runner up name, party: Pinipe Viswarupu, YSRC
Number of voters in 2014: 1,357,866
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 83
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1500
Number of women voters: 675,259