TDP withdraws from Badvel Bypoll
Following Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan's unexpected announcement to his alliance BJP that his party will not contest the Badvel bypoll as a gesture of respect to the wife of deceased YSRCP MLA Gunthoti Venkata Subbaiah, the major opposition TDP has also withdrawn from the bypoll. The TDP, which selected Dr. Obulapuram Rajasekhar as their candidate for the bypoll in 2019, has also declared its withdrawal from the election. According to sources, the withdrawal was caused by disagreements about who should stand in the byelection and also showing respect towards the late MLA's widow. TDP made the decision during a politbureau meeting. State BJP President Somu Veerraju, on the other hand, has criticised family politics and expressed a desire to compete in the race supporting a candidate picked by the high command.