Congress pits daughter against father in Andhra's Araku

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 24, 2019 20:29 hrs

[India], Mar 24 (ANI): Congress party on Sunday fielded Shruti Devi from Araku Lok Sabha constituency pitting her against her father Vairicharla Kishore Chandra Deo who left Congress to joined Telugu Desam Party (TDP) weeks ago.

Vairicharla Kishore Chandra Deo joined TDP in the presence of N Chandrababu Naidu on February 24. The Congress party, however, in a smart move gave the party's ticket for Araku constituency to daughter- Shruti Devi.

Kishore is a six-time Member of Parliament (MP) and a former Union Minister, while her daughter is a New Delhi-based lawyer and social activist.

Araku is a Scheduled Tribe (ST) reserved constituency, formed in 2008.

In 2009, Kishore Chandra Deo won the seat but in 2014, he lost the seat in the strong anti-incumbency against Congress due to backlash over the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Just ahead of the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, Deo joined TDP. (ANI)