Vastavam web: Winning the reserved Tirupati Parliament seat was never a cakewalk for Telugu Desam Party which is evident from the fact that its candidate has won the seat only once so far. In 1984, six times MP Chinta Mohan won the seat on TDP ticket and later joined Congress party. Since then, party never emerged victorious here in the further eight elections. In those eight elections, Congress won the seat six times and YSRCP and BJP one time each. TDP did not field its candidates in 1999, 2004 and 2014 as it has given the seat to BJP as part of seats adjustment.
Now, the party has been finding it difficult to field a strong candidate here and has been searching and weighing various options. During the Parliamentary constituency review, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu could not arrive at a conclusion and kept the decision in abeyance. It was learnt that, former IPS officer K Jayaram, who contested as BJP candidate and lost in 2014 election, was under consideration along with former IAS officer and present Secretary of I&PR department B Ramanjaneyulu.
In 2014 elections, YSRCP candidate V Varaprasad Rao had defeated BJP’s K Jayaram. In that election six-time MP Chinta Mohan secured only 33,333 votes. This time, Chinta Mohan will be contesting again and Varaprasad Rao is also expected to be in fray. TDP has to work hard to grab this seat, which they won almost 35 years back. For this, party sources felt that the selection of assembly candidates in all the seven segments will play a crucial role.