TDP racing against time to finalise candidates' list

The ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh is racing against time to finalise its candidates for the April 11 state assembly and Lok Sabha elections with less than a week left for the commencement of nomination process.

According to party sources, TDP has finalised its candidates for at least 125 out of 175 assembly seats, including Pedakurapadu for Naidu's son Lokesh, but a formal announcement was yet to be made.

Chief Minister and party supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu held several rounds of talks over the past few days with sitting MPs and MLAs besides other leaders to give shape to the candidates list.

However, the process is said to have been hampered by various factors such as rebellion against many candidates, including some ministers.

The TDP is also facing trouble selecting suitable candidates for many of the 25 Lok Sabha seats as two sitting members deserted the party while some others have declined to contest again.

Pandula Ravindra Babu, who represented Amalapuram (SC) constituency, and Anakapalli MP M. Srinivasa Rao had last month joined the YSR Congress led by Y.S Jaganmohan Reddy.