2014 Andhra Pradesh Elections
The 2014 elections for Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Lok Sabha were held on May 7, 2014. The Andhra Pradesh Assembly is due to expire on June 1, 2014. Assembly elections for Andhra Pradesh (both Telangana and Seemandhra) along with Lok Sabha elections will be held simultaneously. General elections to elect representatives to the Lok Sabha will also coincide with the state assembly elections.
Election Commission on February 25, 2014 has clarified that the commission is mandated to hold polls to Assembly. Regardless of the bifurcation, polls will be held to both Assembly and Lok Sabha simultaneously. Polls will be held for 117 Assembly constituencies and 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana and 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha in residual Andhra Pradesh. The Assembly will be split into two on Appointed Day of June 2, 2014.
See Also: 2014 Elections in Telangana
|Telugu Desam Party||104|
|YSR Congress Party||65|
|Bharatiya Janata Party||4|
Telugu Desam Party and Bharatiya Janata Party entered into an alliance prior to the elections.
The voter turnout was 78 per cent, 2.5% more than in 2009 elections. It is also the highest turn out in the history of Andhra Pradesh. The highest voter turn out was in Guntur district with 84 per cent, while the lowest was recorded in Nellore at 75 per cent.
Assembly and Lok Sabha Elections in Andhra Pradesh will be held in two phases - on April 30 and May 7. Counting of votes will be held on May 16, 2014.
Elections in Telangana will be held in the first phase on April 30 and in Seemandhra on May 7.
- Last Date for Filing Nominations: April 19, 2014
- Last Date for Withdrawal of Candidature: April 23, 2014
- Date of Polling: May 7, 2014
2014 Andhra Pradesh elections in numbers
- Districts: 13 (9 in Coastal Andhra, 4 in Rayalaseema)
- Lok Sabha constituencies: 25
- Assembly constituencies: 175
- Candidates contesting in Lok Sabha polls: 333
- Candidates contesting in Assembly polls: 2,243
- Number of eligible voters: 3.67 crores
- Polling centres: 40,708 (including 12,740 centres categorized as critical)
- Electronic Voting Machines: 1,29,930
- Live web cast: 23,000 polling stations
- Poll timings: 7 am to 6 pm (Polling in two Maoist affected constituencies from 7 am to 4 pm and polling in 10 other constituencies from 7 am to 5 pm)
- Security - 272 companies of paramilitary, 110,000 state police personnel, 20,000 securitymen from neighbouring Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
A total of 333 candidates are in the fray for 25 Lok Sabha seats and 2,243 for 175 assembly seats.
Lok Sabha constituencies
- Araku (ST)
- Amalapuram (SC)
- Bapatla (SC)
- Tirupati (SC)
- Chittoor (SC)
|Gangadhara Nellore (SC)|
Despite few clashes between supporters of rival parties in Seemandhra and Rayalaseema, the poll percentage was good on the polling day. The initial poll percentage appeared to be dull, but it soon picked up as time went on. Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal told the media that he was confident that the percentage could be around 85-90% by the concluding time.
Election Commission has announced that re-polling will be held in 17 polling stations in Seemandhra region. The decision was taken based on the reports from CEO and returning officers as well as the complaints received from contesting candidates. The repolling would be held on May 13.
- Indian National Congress - Incumbent
- Bharatiya Janata Party
- Telugu Desam Party
- Telangana Rashtra Samithi
- YSR Congress Party
- Communist Party of India
- CPI (M)
- Lok Satta
Indian National Congress
Congress is on a sticky wicket in Andhra Pradesh. Following granting of the formation of Telangana State, Congress is not in good books of the people of Seemandhra who fought to keep the state united. On the other hand, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, which came into existence to fight for formation of Telangana state has ruled out a merger with Congress party.
Two Congress nominees have withdrawn from the contest in Seemandhra. Devendrappa who is the party nominee to contest Kalyandurg constituency has withdrawn from the fray and announced his support to YSR Congress Party leader Kapu Ramachandra Reddy. An embarrassed Congress party had to announce support to CPM candidate Sanjeevappa in Kalyandurg. Similarly, Congress nominee in Narsipatnam K Appala Naidu also withdrew his nomination. He is likely to support YSRCP leader Petla Uma Sankara Ganesh. Apr 23, 2014
Andhra Pradesh played a key role for Congress coming to power in both 2004 and 2009 elections. Congress bagged 157 of the 294 assembly seats and won 33 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats.
Telugu Desam Party
Telugu Desam Party is buoyed by the number of politicians shifting their loyalties to TDP. A number of ex Ministers and Congress politicians have joined Telugu Desam in Seemandhra and Rayalaseema regions.
TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu addressed women at a 'Mahila Garjana' programme organized in Vijayawada. Chandrababu promised to introduce 'Pandanti bidda' if TDP comes to power. The scheme is aimed to save newborn child and mother. Mar 27, 2014
Bharatiya Janata Party
BJP state president K Haribabu said that the party would create revenue districts in every Lok Sabha constituency if voted to power.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS)
TRS has ruled out merger with Congress party and announced that it would contest the elections for Lok Sabha and State Assembly. It has formed a five-member committee to form a possible alliance.
2004 & 2009 Elections - Vote Share
The following are the richest contestants in the 2014 elections from Seemandhra, as per the affidavits filed while filing nominations.
- Jayadev Galla - Telugu Desam Party. Contesting Guntur Lok Sabha
- Jagan Mohan Reddy - YSR Congress Party. Contesting Pulivendula Assembly constituency
- Ayodhya Rami Reddy - YSR Congress Party. Contesting Narasaraopet Lok Sabha.
- Nandamuri Balakrishna - Telugu Desam Party. Contesting Hindupur Assembly constituency.
- Koneru Rajendra Prasad - YSR Congress Party. Contesting Vijayawada Lok Sabha.
- Nama Nageswara Rao - Telugu Desam Party, Khammam
- Gaddam Vivekanand - Congress, Peddapalle
- 74 of the 265 candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Andhra Pradesh are crorepatis.
- Number of crorepatis in fray has gone up from 20% in 2009 to 28% in 2014.
- Average assets per candidate is valued at Rs 8.49 crores. It was Rs 2.5 crore in 2009.
- Telugu Desam Party has highest number of crorepati candidates (89%), followed by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (82%) and Congress (81%). About 50% of Aam Aadmi Party candidates have assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.
- Six candidates have assets worth more than Rs 100 crore compared to 1 in 2009
- Affidavits filed by candidates shows that that 51% of the candidates have not declared income tax details. 23% candidate did not declare their PAN details.
- 49 candidates (18%) have declared that they have criminal cases against them. Out of these 12% are serious cases like murder, crimes against women, kidnapping etc.
- Andhra Pradesh accounted for more than half of the election-related unaccounted money seized in the country. It also accounted for 80 per cent of poll-related liquor seized from all over the country since March 5. As of April 27, 5.6 lakh litres of liquor which is suspected to be meant for distribution to voters by candidates has been seized across the country, out of which 4.4 lakh litres are from Andhra Pradesh.
- There has been a three-fold increase in security men deployed for the elections compared to 2009 elections
Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath told reporters that Andhra Pradesh has accounted for Rs 105 crore in seized cash since the model code of conduct came into force in March. Addressing a new conference with other election commissioners in Hyderabad, Sampath said that almost half of cash seized in the country is from Andhra Pradesh. Apr 19, 2014
Unaccounted cash worth Rs 140 crore was seized so far during the ongoing Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh. The State accounts for more than 50 per cent of the Rs 272 crore seized across the country so far. Along with cash, liquor is also on free flow. So far 5 lakh litres of liquor was seized. Most of the bottles that were seized have made in Goa, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh stickers on them. May 4, 2014
Rajahmundry police have seized Rs 2 crore of unaccounted cash. Four persons were arrested in the incident. According to the police, this is the first time that such a huge amount of cash was seized in East Godavari district. May 4, 2014
Around 20 people across Seemandhra and Rayalaseema regions were injured in clashes between rival parties on polling day. Six people were injured in Parachur in Prakasam district. Three police vehicles were damaged in Jammalamadugu of Kadapa district. May 7, 2014