Lok Sabha election 2019:YSRCP fights to retain Kurnool constituency with new candidate
Like many others, Kurnool Lok Sabha constituency in Andhra Pradesh used to be a Congress powerhouse from where Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy became an MP six times between 1977 and 1998. The party won the seat last in 2009.
In 2104, Butta Renuka, then with YSRCP, won the Lok Sabha election defeating TDP’s BT Naidu by 44,131 votes. She later joined the TDP in October in 2017 before returning to the YSRCP earlier this month. The YSRCP has fielded Dr Sanjeev Kumar from the constituency this time. The TDP has nominated Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy, a former union minister, who joined the party from the Congress.
Ahmed Ali Khan is the Congress candidate for Kurnool Lok Sabha seat this time.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the voter turnout figure in Kurnool was 72 per cent which was less than the overall state average of 74.47 per cent.
According to the 2011 census, out of a total population of 2016981, 69.3% is rural and 30.7% is urban population. The Scheduled castes (SC) and Scheduled tribes (ST) ratio is 17.5 and 1.28, respectively out of total population.
Kurnool Lok Sabha constituency in numbers:
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Kurnool
State: Andhra Pradesh
Date of polling: April 11
2019 candidates: Dr. P V Parthasarthi (BJP), Ahmed Ali Khan (Congress), Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy (TDP), Sanjeev Kumar (YSRCP)
Sitting MP, Party: Butta Renuka, YSRCP
Winning margin in 2014: 44,131 votes
Runner up name, party: BT Naidu, TDP
Number of voters in 2014: 1,481,807
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 72
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1571
Number of women voters: 743,016