Vastavam web: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had won the Nandyal byelection in Andhra Pradesh with an overwhelming majority of 27,466 votes giving a boost the mid-term optimism of the government headed by chief minister Chandrababu Naidu.The ruling party candidate Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy secured a total 97,076 votes, while the opposition YSR Congress candidate Silpa Mohan Reddy took 69,610 votes.
YSR Congress leaders and supporters, who had been confident of bagging the Assembly seat, were a disappointed lot as counting continued round after round. The party’s candidate Silpa Mohan Reddy emerged from the counting centre after the 10th round, looking despondent and resigned to the verdict.When the final verdict was out, celebrations in the TDP camp hit the roof, In Nandyal and Allagadda, where the Bhuma family has much influence, their followers and TDP cadres came out on the streets to celebrate. Sweets were distributed and crackers burst.
Tweeting after the Nandyal result, Chandrababu Naidu thanked the people of Nandyal for showing their trust in the TDP’s governance. “Will create a Smart Nandyal by following our motto ‘People First,’” he said.Tourism minister Bhuma Akhila Priya said the result was she had predicted “As I predicted, we won with a good majority.