Visakhapatnam: The new AP Assembly of 175 members will have 71 first-timers, which is an indication of the magnitude of the YSRC victory in the April 11 elections. Of the newcomers, 68 were elected on YSRC tickets and three were nominated by the TD.
There is a former MP and a former MLC making their first appearance in the Assembly. Mr V. Varaprasad Rao, MLA-elect from Gudur constituency in Nellore district, was earlier Member of Parliament from Tirupati. Srisailam MLA-elect Silpa Chakrapani Reddy was a member of the Legislative Council with the TD and resigned while joining the YSRC during the Nandyal byelection that in 2017.
Anantapur and Guntur have sent nine new legislators each. There are seven first-timers each from East Godavari, West Godavari and Kurnool, followed by Visakhapat-nam with six and and Krishna district with five.
Prakasam district voted four first-time legislators, and Srikakulam and Vizianagaram three each.
Kadapa sent two newcomers and Nellore 1.
First-time MLA from Pendurthi A. Addep Raj said gone are the days when people voted for politicians even if they don’t work. “I will utilise this opportunity to learn from the seniors to raise issues pertaining to the constituency in the Assembly.”
Stating that he was “really happy to enter the House,” he promised to go on a padayatra every six months along with the officials to resolve the problems of the people.
He added, “Now I will work for the development of my constituency. Apart from being available, taking part in the local problems and addressing public issues. He said he wanted to learn of the people’s problems by going from house to house.