YSRC announces 3 candidates for AP Legislative Council

The ruling YSR Congress on Monday announced three candidates for the by-election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council to fill as many seats under the assembly quota in the poll, slated for August 26.

The YSRC nominated minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana, former IPS officer Sheik Mohammad Iqbal and former MLA Challa Ramakrishna Reddy as its candidates for the MLC by-election.

Given its strength of 151 MLAs, the YSRC could bag all three seats as the opposition Telugu Desam Party, with just 23 members, is staying away from the contest as they stand no chance of winning at least one.

The last day for filing nominations is August 14.

The last date for withdrawal of nominations is August 19 and the date for polling, if required, is August 26.

Ramana was inducted into the Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy cabinet on June 8 despite losing the Assembly election from Repalle.

He has now been nominated to the Council to fulfill the constitutional obligation.