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All eyes on Avanigadda

DC | Ch V.M. Krishna Rao | 20th Jul 2013

HyderabadThe Election Commission on Friday announced August 21 as the bypoll date for the vacant Avanigadda Assembly segment. The seat had fallen vacant on April 21 following the death of Telugu Desam MLA Ambati Brahmanaiah.

Nominations from candidates will be received from July 27 to August 3. They will be scrutinised on August 5 and withdrawal of nominations will be allowed till August 7. After the August 21 polls, counting of votes will take place on August 24.

Incidentally, the Avanigadda bypoll will be the last one before the May 2014 general elections. The seat was won by the Telugu Desam in 2009 and the party will now have to choose a candidate from among the family members of the late Brahmanaiah.

The Congress, meanwhile, will field Official Language Commission chairman and former minister Mandali Budda Prasad. The YSR Congress, too, will field a candidate making the bypoll politically important in the run up to the general elections.

The Election Commission strictly adhered to the rules and decided to hold the bypoll only for the Avanigadda seat and rejected holding bypolls for the remaining 15 Assembly seats that had fallen vacant in the state.

Bypoll to be held as 1-yr is left

Avanigadda seat fell vacant in April, leaving just over a year for the term to end. The 15 other seats fell vacant in June due to disqualification of Congress and TD MLAs. They had less than a year to go before elections.

Interestingly, it was only on Monday that acting on a Public Interest Litigation petition, the AP High Court had asked the Election Commission of India to submit details within a week regarding the steps being taken about conducting the bypoll for the Avanigadda Assembly segment in Krishna district.

The 15 Assembly seats that had fallen vacant in the state were caused due to disqualification of nine Congress and six TD MLAs by Speaker N. Manohar following complaints against them for violating party whips and voting in favour of the No Confidence Motion moved by the TRS and YSR Congress in the Budget Session.

Section 151 A of Representation of People’s Act states that the Election Commission shall hold bypoll for any constituency that has fallen vacant within a period of six months from the date of occurrence of the vacancy. However, the EC is not supposed to hold a bypoll if the remainder of the term of a member in relation to a vacancy is less than one year.

In this case, the Avanigadda seat fell vacant in April, leaving just over a year for the term to end. The 15 other seats that had fallen vacant in the state were caused due to disqualification of nine Congress and six TD MLAs. They were declared vacant only in June, with less than a year to go before polls.

Interestingly, it was only on Monday that acting on a Public Interest Litigation petition, the AP High Court had asked the Election Commission of India to submit details within a week regarding the steps being taken about conducting the bypoll for the Avanigadda Assembly segment in Krishna district.

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