The Congress party has secured a significant victory in the Telangana Legislative Assembly elections, securing 61 seats, surpassing the halfway mark of 60 in the 119-member assembly. This achievement positions the Congress to form the first non-BRS (Telangana Rashtra Samithi) government in Telangana since the state’s formation in 2014. Amidst this electoral success, one BJP candidate has emerged as a notable figure – Katipally Venkata Ramana Reddy, popularly known as KVR, who contested from the Kamareddy constituency.
KVR has earned the moniker of the giant killer in the Telangana Legislative Assembly election, having defeated outgoing Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) and PCC president A Revanth Reddy, a potential candidate for the new CM. Venkata Ramana Reddy secured victory by defeating KCR, his closest rival, with a margin of 6,741 votes. The Kamareddy constituency gained attention when KCR announced his decision to contest from there, intensifying the competition as Congress fielded Revanth Reddy to challenge him.
Despite facing high-profile opponents, Venkata Ramana Reddy maintained a strong electoral campaign. KCR and Revanth Reddy contested from other seats as well, alongside Kamareddy, and emerged victorious. Venkata Ramana Reddy’s determination and campaign received a boost when Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally at Kamareddy. Previously associated with the Congress, Venkata Ramana Reddy joined the BJP a few years ago.
Venkata Ramana Reddy, a former Zilla Parishad Chairman of the undivided Nizamabad district, played a crucial role in the electoral battle. Political analysts attribute his success to his philanthropic initiatives, particularly in support of temples, and his advocacy against the master plan for Kamareddy town proposed by the BRS government. His leadership in opposing the master plan, which faced protests from farmers, contributed to his popularity and eventual electoral triumph.
The victory of Katipally Venkata Ramana Reddy in the Kamareddy constituency marks a significant development in the Telangana Legislative Assembly elections, highlighting the dynamic and competitive landscape of the political scenario in the state.