Tirupati: The ruling Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) candidate, Maddila Gurumoorthy, won the Tirupati byelection with a margin of 2,71,592 votes on 2 May.
In his maiden election, Mr. Gurumoorthy polled over 6,26,108 votes as against 3,54,516 votes polled by his nearest rival, Telugu Desam Party nominee Panabaka Lakshmi. From the start of the counting, the YSRCP candidate was in the lead. Meanwhile, the BJP candidate, K. Ratnaprabha, managed to secure 57,080 votes.
As many as 28 candidates, including former Union minister Chinta Mohan of the Congress who got 9,585 votes and bureaucrat-turned-politician K. Ratnaprabha, were trying their electoral fortunes in the by-poll that was held on 17 April.
The Tirupati Parliamentary seat fell vacant after YSRCP Lok Sabha MP Balli Durga Prasad Rao who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 died at a hospital in Chennai on 16 September.
On 16 March, the YSCRP had named Mr. Gurumoorthy as its candidate for the Tirupati by-polls. This came after the Election Commission of India had announced that the by-polls would be held on 17 April and the votes counted on 17 May.
Mr. Gurumoorthy, a physiotherapist, was born in Mannasamudram village under Yerpedu mandal in Chittor district. He is a follower of former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekar Reddy since 2006 when he was studying physiotherapy at SVIMIS University. While leading the students there he got an opportunity to meet Y.S.R several times. The former CM also extended his support to Mr. Gurumoorthy's efforts to establish the AP State Physiotherapy Council. Since then, he has been a staunch supporter of YSR.
He helped the YSRCP's municipal election campaign and the 2014 election campaign. He also served as Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy's physiotherapist during his "Praja Sankalpa Yatra" in November 2017. In 2019, Mr. Gurumoorthy served as a member of Y.S Vijayamma's election campaign.