he Telugu Desam leadership has declined ticket to three sitting MLAs in East Godavari district. Amalapuram MLA Anand Rao, P Gannavaram MLA Pulaparthi Narayana Murthy and Prathipadu MLA Varupula Subba Rao have performed under par as per TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu's survey and there is also negative vibe against them among party workers and in respective constituencies.
As a replacement, TDP has offered Amalapuram ticket to former Lok Sabha speaker Balayogi's son Harish while MLA Subba Rao's grandson Raja gets Prathipadu ticket. TDP sources says that P Gannavaram assembly seat might be allotted to a reputed advocate's daughter and her identity is yet to be disclosed.
The Godavari districts are vital for any political parties and East Godavari as 19 assembly segments. In the last elections, TDP whitewashed this district. This time, out of the 19, 16 sitting MLAs have managed to get their berth while three are new faces.