TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu, YSRCP president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, Union Ministers Kishore Chandra Deo, M M Pallam Raju, Panabaka Lakshmi and former minister D Purandeswari are among the prominent candidates in fray for the Seemandhra elections to be held Wednesday.
Launching a blistering attack on Congress, YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday charged the party with engineering the pepper spray episode in Parliament, in connivance with its expelled MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, to crush the protest against Telangana Bill.
As the UPA government gears up for the passage of Telangana Bill in Parliament this week, the two sides of the regional divide in Andhra Pradesh have stepped up efforts in support of their respective agendas.
Normal life came to a grinding halt in all 13 districts of Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions on Friday to protest the Union Cabinet`s approval to a draft bill for formation of separate Telangana state.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday extended support to YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy in the fight against carving out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh and said the division of a state should be done through consensus and not for narrow political interests.
India Cements MD and BCCI president N Srinivasan, an accused in the illegal assets case involving YSR Congress leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, on Friday appeared before a special court here along with others chargesheeted by the CBI in the high-profile case.