AP and Telangana: With the Election Commission of India (ECI) issuing notifications for MLC elections under MLA and local area constituencies (LAC) quotas for both the Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, election fever has caught with all the political parties in these two states. Hectic activity is being witnessed across all the party offices and with MLA quota seats being almost going unanimously to the ruling parties in both the states, the fight will be for LAC quota MLC seats!
The ECI has announced the election schedule for 11 MLC seats in AP and 12 MLC seats in Telangana. The election will be held for Anantapur, Krishna, East Godavari, Guntur, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, and Prakasam. In Telangana the elections will be held for Adilabad, Warangal, Nalgonda, Medak, Nizamabad, and Khammam in Telangana for one MLC seat and Karimnagar, Mahabubnagar, and Ranga Reddy for two MLC seats.
Issuing the notification, the ECI also said the model code of conduct will be applied from yesterday in both the states. This has added to election fever and people are making wild guesses as to who will bag tickets from their respective parties. As per the notification, the MLC elections will be held on December 10 and results will be declared on December 14. Meanwhile, the notification to fill up three vacant MLC seats under the MLAs’ quota in AP and six in Telangana has already been issued.
As per the ECI norms, elections should be conducted only when the percentage of constituent local bodies functioning and electors in position is above 75. “After taking into consideration all relevant factors and reassessing the Covid-19 situation in the State, it has been decided to conduct the biennial elections to the AP Legislative Council for LAC seats,’’ the ECI said.
With outgoing MLCs expecting their renewals, other leaders are anticipating that their respective parties might consider for change and they could get a chance. This factor is visible in both the states, but it is for the Chief Ministers of AP and Telangana – YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and K Chandrasekhar Rao respectively to take a the decisions, while many are trying their luck, the final list from the heads of both the states will decide the fate of many aspiring leaders!