Amaravati: Suspense over whether or not Jana Sena Party (JSP) could open its tally at the Andhra Pradesh Elections 2019 came to a rather embarrassing end by Thursday evening.After having contested in 140 seats out of a total of 175, JSP was able to win only one seat in Razole. JSP candidate Rapaka Varaprasad Rao emerged victorious contesting from Razole Constituency (SC Reserved) and this is his second victory.

Rapaka Varaprasad Rao, a known figure in Razole won the seat on a Congress ticket in 2009 where he polled 1,31,598 votes. After which he switched loyalty to the BJP, but resigned immediately after the TDP decided to give the ticket to Gollapalli Suryarao as per the understanding over the seat sharing during the 2014 elections. He contested as an Independent and lost to TDP’s Gollapalli Surya Rao by polling a dismal 318 votes.

After a round of speculations, he joined the Jana Sena Party in September 2018 and was again pitted against TDP’s Surya Rao and YSRCP’s Bonthu Rajeswara Rao in the 2019 assembly elections and won .

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Interestingly YSRCP candidate Rajeswara Rao gave a close fight and the margin between the YSRCP and the JSP was less than 1000 votes. Varaprasad Rao managed to win this time, whereas his party Chief Pawan Kalyan lost both in Bhimavaram and Gajuwaka. According to the latest reports till late evening last night, Pawan was slated to win in Gajuwaka ,as he was in a distant second position behind Tippala Nagi Reddy of the YSRCP who polled more than 74,769 votes and won. Pawan polled 58,283 votes, and was closely followed by TDP sitting MLA Palla Srinivasa Rao who won 56,453 votes. In Bhimavaram, Pawan won 62,285 votes and was trailing behind YSRCP candidate G. Srinivas, who polled 70,642 votes and eventually won the Bhimavaram seat after the results poured in late in the evening.

Rapaka Varaprasad Rao will be the sole MLA to represent Jana Sena Party in the new AP Assembly 2019.

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