Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Anantapur - Mallikarjuna Vajjala (INC) vs Ambica G Lakshminarayana Valmiki (TDP)

Lok Sabha Elections 2024:

Shantanu Poswal
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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Ambica G Lakshminarayana Valmiki, the Telegu Desam Party's candidate, won a landslide seat victory with 768245 votes. The Anantapur Lok Sabha constituency has historically alternated between the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). However, in a significant shift, Jagan Mohan Reddy's YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) captured the seat for the first time in 2019. The constituency comprises seven Assembly segments. One of these, Singanamala, is reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC), while the remaining six are general seats. The Assembly segments within the Anantapur Lok Sabha constituency

What are the issues?

During the Lok Sabha Elections in 2024, several issues could be pertinent to the voters in Anantapur's Anantapur constituency. Some of these issues are:

1. Agricultural Distress

Agriculture is the backbone of Anantapur, but the region faces severe drought and water scarcity. Farmers struggle with inadequate irrigation facilities, leading to low agricultural productivity and frequent crop failures. This has resulted in high levels of farmer distress and suicides.

2. Water Scarcity

The arid climate of Anantapur exacerbates the issue of water scarcity. The lack of proper water management and irrigation infrastructure has made water access a critical concern for both drinking and agricultural purposes.

3. Unemployment

Anantapur grapples with high unemployment rates, particularly among the youth. The lack of industrial development and limited job opportunities in the region have contributed to widespread unemployment and underemployment.

4. Infrastructure Development

The constituency suffers from inadequate infrastructure, including poor road connectivity, insufficient public transportation, and lack of urban amenities. This hampers economic development and the quality of life of residents.

5. Healthcare Facilities

Access to quality healthcare remains a significant issue. The region faces a shortage of medical facilities, doctors, and healthcare workers, resulting in inadequate healthcare services, especially in rural areas.

6. Education

Educational infrastructure in Anantapur is underdeveloped. Many schools lack basic facilities, and there is a shortage of qualified teachers. Higher education opportunities are also limited, compelling students to migrate to other regions for better education.

7. Naxalism and Security

The presence of Naxalism in the area poses a security challenge. Left-wing extremism affects the overall development and instills fear among the local population, impacting their daily lives and economic activities.

Caste Equation

The Anantapur district's population is predominantly Hindu, with a total of 3,599,372 individuals accounting for 88.2% of the district's population, the Muslim community constitutes 10.87% of the population, with 443,456 individuals, the Christian population in the district stands at 20,463, making up 0.5% of the total population, the Buddhist population is 341 (0.01%).

Who won in 2019?

In the 2019 Anantapur Lok Sabha election, YSRCP's T Rangaiah won with 695,208 votes, surpassing the TDP's JC Pavan Reddy, who garnered 553,780 votes. Meanwhile, Congress candidate Kuncham Rajadev Reddy obtained 30,079 votes.