Hyderabad: AP Chief Minister and Telugu Desam national president N. Chandrababu Naidu has decided to play it safe in the Rajya Sabha elections and not take any risks. He has dropped the idea of fielding a third candidate. This means all the three candidates from AP — two from the TD and one from the YSRC — will be elected unanimously. Elections for the three RS seats from AP will be held on March 23.
In the 175-strong AP Assembly, the TD has 131 MLAs and the YSR Congress has 44 MLAs. To win, the party candidate must have the vote of 44 MLAs. The YSRC has the required stren-gth to win one seat and the TD has the required strength to win two seats, but to win a third seat it is short of one MLA. If one YSRC MLA defects, the third seat could also go to the TD. TD leaders and CM Naidu were keen to field a third candidate and defeat the YSRC candidate. But given the tiff with the Centre, TD leaders are not sure if BJP MLAs will vote for their candidate.