The YSRCP won 19 out of the 25 wards in the newly-formed civic body.

Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy congratulated Panchayat Raj Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy for engineering the victory
news Local Body Polls Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 19:01

In a major setback to the opposition in Andhra Pradesh, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and its chief N Chandrababu Naidu, the ruling YSRCP made inroads into its bastion — Kuppam — the constituency of the senior leader. In the municipal elections which were held on Monday, November 15, the YSRCP won 19 out of the 25 wards in the newly-formed civic body. This was the maiden election in Kuppam municipality, which was upgraded from a Nagar Panchayat to Grade 3 Municipality. While Kuppam has 25 wards, elections were held only in 24 wards. The 14th ward was declared as a unanimous election for YSRCP after the nomination of the TDP candidate was rejected.

Kuppam in Chittoor district has been a stronghold of the TDP for the past three decades. The electoral battle in Kuppam was seen as a prestigious one, with TDP and YSRCP fighting it out.  In Kuppam, the YSRCP maintained its lead right from the beginning since the counting started.

Elections were held in 12 municipalities — Akiveedu, Jaggaihpet, Kondapalli, Dachepalli, Gurzala, Buchireddypalem, Darsi, Kuppam, Bethamcherla, Kamalapuram, Rajampeta and Penukonda municipalities. Out of these, the Jagan-led party won in Kuppam, Akiveedu, Jaggaihpet, Kondapalli, Dachepalli, Gurzala, Buchireddypalem, Bethamcherla, Kamalapuram, Rajampet and Penukonda municipal corporations. A jubilant YSRCP said that the verdict was a referendum of the people to show support to their party.

“What comes as a major blow to the TDP and a humongous victory for  the YSRCP is the yellow outfit dismally losing Chandrababu Naidu’s home constituency’s municipal corporation, Kuppam,” the YSRCP said in a statement. It added, “The ruling party considers this to be a referendum that the citizens have used to display their unconditional support to the CM and his party, due to the governance that has been delivered since May, 2019, the welfare schemes that have been extended and developmental initiatives that have been undertaken.”

Elated with the verdict, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said, “Because of  God's grace and the blessings of all the people, today we were able to achieve this incredible victory. Along with the villages, the urban cities have also extended their support to this functioning government. Thank you to everyone who gave us 97 out of 100 marks in municipalities, corporations and Nagar Panchayats,” Jagan said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Nara Lokesh, TDP General Secretary and son of Chandrababu Naidu alleged that the YSRCP won the Kuppam constituency through rigging, spending several hundred crores rupees, and nexus of police and administration. 

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