Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana, retired IPS officer Sheik Mohammad Iqbal and former MLA Challa Ramakrishna Reddy were on Monday declared elected unopposed to the state Legislative Council in the by-elections under the Assembly quota.

Returning officer P Balakrishnamacharyulu announced the unanimous election of the three ruling YSR Congress candidates as the deadline for withdrawal of nominations ended on Monday. He handed over the election certificates to Iqbal and Ramakrishna Reddy in the evening. Ramana, the Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister, is expected to collect it on Wednesday.

The three Council seats fell vacant as the incumbents Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas, Karanam Balarama Krishna Murthy and Kolagatla Veerabhadra Swamy resigned from their posts upon their election to the assembly. While the tenure of two of these three seats is till March 29, 2023, one seat is up to March 29, 2021.

In effect, the YSRCP bagged one extra seat in the 58-member Council through this by-election and its tally has gone up to nine.

The TDP did not contest the by-election, scheduled for August 26, as it lacked the numbers.The Telugu Desam Party, which was trounced in the Assembly elections, enjoys a majority in the Council with 28 members. (With inputs from PTI)

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