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Intense battle ahead in Araku

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In what promises to be a riveting electoral showdown, the Araku Lok Sabha constituency, reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST), is bracing itself for the impending clash between two formidable women candidates. Dr. Chetti Thanuja Rani, making her foray into electoral politics under the banner of the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP), squares off against the seasoned politician Kothapalli Geetha of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Spanning across the expansive landscape of two districts, Alluri Sitharama Raju (ASR) and Parvathipuram Manyam, the Araku Lok Sabha constituency stands as one of the largest in the country. Boasting a staggering electorate of over 14.5 lakh voters, it encompasses seven Assembly segments, setting the stage for a crucial political battleground. Kothapalli Geetha, a former deputy collector, commands attention with her political journey marked by twists and turns. Securing victory in the 2014 elections on YSRCP ticket, Geetha later diverged from the party’s path, forming her own political outfit, the Jana Jagruti Party, in 2018. Now aligned with BJP, Geetha seeks redemption in the Araku Lok Sabha constituency after her defeat in the 2019 polls.
On the opposing front stands Dr. Chetti Thanuja Rani, backed by familial political legacy and professional acumen.
Nominated by the YSRCP, Thanuja Rani, daughter-in-law of Araku Valley MLA Chetti Phalguna, brings a fresh perspective to the electoral arena. With a background in epidemiology and a medical degree from the International School of Medicine-International University of Kyrgyzstan (ISM-IUK), Bishkek, Thanuja Rani presents herself as a formidable challenger. In the 2019 elections, YSRCP emerged victorious in the Araku Lok Sabha seat, with candidate Goddeti Madhavi clinching a resounding triumph over her competitors. YSRCP’s dominance extended to all seven Assembly segments within the constituency, underscoring its formidable electoral prowess.
As the battleground is set for a fiercely contested electoral spectacle, the Araku Lok Sabha constituency captures the nation’s attention. With two accomplished women candidates vying for supremacy, the stage is primed for an enthralling display of political prowess and democratic fervour.

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