Caste factors likely to influence outcome of LS poll battle in Machilipatnam

April 9, 2019 | News Of 9

The caste equation has influenced every election in Machilipatnam and the upcoming Lok Sabha polls will be no different, say experts.

This time, it is a Gowda (a backward caste) versus Kapu batte in this coastal constituency of Andhra Pradesh as sitting Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP Konakalla Narayana Rao’s (Gowda) main challenger will be the Janasena’s Bandreddi Ramakrishna.

It is well known that Bandreddi Ramakrishna who involved in so many welfare works even before trying his luck in politics. Meanwhile Konakalla failed to raise his voice in the Parliament on behalf of Machilipatnam.

The third and almost negligible candidate is from YSRCP who is migratory bird (according to locals in Machilipatnam)

It is evident that incumbent MP Narayana Rao (he won the seat in 2009 and 2014) failed to bring a single project in the region and the TDP government in the state for not being able to commission the Machilipatnam Deep Sea Port project, which it had promised to complete by 2019.

Narayana Rao has been attacked by opposition leaders repeatedly since 2015, when he was blamed for the midnight decree passed for land acquisition for the Machilipatnam industrial corridor.

Fifty per cent of Machilipatnam’s population is made up of the backward castes which account for around seven lakh voters in this LS segment. There are about 2.5 lakh (17%) Scheduled Caste (SC) voters here, followed by 2.03 lakh (13.8%) Kapu voters and 1.07 lakh (7.3%) Kamma voters.

Almost all backward castes supports Janasena and Pedana and Machilipatnam assembly segments will 100% one sided to Janasena. The main fight will be among Janasena and TDP in the remaining constituencies except Gudivada (Where Nani from YCP is a strong content).

The Machilipatnam Lok Sabha seat has been a Kamma bastion for long until the TDP wrested it from the Congress in 1983.

Putting an end to the Kamma domination, the TDP has encouraged Kapu and BC community leaders from this seat.

Experts believe the SC votes will decide the outcome of the poll contest here. The Kapu and BC votes are expected to be casted to Jana Sena aspirants.

Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan’s brother K Chiranjeevi had fought the 2009 Lok Sabha election with his Prajarajyam party and had found support among the Kapus.

Machilipatnam, comprising the seven Assembly segments of Machilipatnam, Pedana, Gudivada, Gannavaram, Penamaluru, Pamarru and Avanigadda, has a total of 14.72 lakh voters.

Since 1950, the seat has been held by the Congress on seven occasions. The TDP won it five times, while the Left and an Independent candidate won it once each. This time it will be a new political party rule here in Machilipatnam.

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