Hyderabad: TRS candidate Surabhi Vani Devi, daughter of former Prime Minister late P. V Narasimha Rao registered a victory in the Hyderabad–RangaReddy-Mahabub Nagar graduate constituency elections. The first timer defeated sitting BJP MLC Naraparaju Ramchander Rao, by securing 56.17 % vote share.
The counting of votes which continued for four consecutive days ended on 20th March evening. The final results declared by the officials said S Vani Devi bagged 1.89 lakhs votes out of the total 3,37,039. Celebrations broke out at the TRS bhavan located in Jubilee Hills and at the residence of the newly elected MLC.
The 96-hour long counting process comprised of several elimination rounds. Independent candidate Professor Nageshwar gave a tough fight and secured third placed, he bagged 67383 votes . Towards the end of the elimination process, TRS candidate got a lead of 11,703 votes. While sitting BJP MLC N Ramchander Rao secured a total of 1,37,566 votes.
In February, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao surprised everyone by fielding Surabhi Vani Devi. She holds a thick academic background besides being an artist and social activist. Vani Devi, is the founder of the Sri Venkateshwara Group of Institutions. The group runs several pharmacy, architecture, and fine arts colleges.
Born on April 1, 1952, in Vangara of Karimnagar District, she completed her graduation from Osmania University in 1973. Thirteen years later, she completed a Diploma in Fine Arts from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in 1986.
She served as a Lecturer at JNTU from 1990 to 1995. Later she founded Sri Venkateshwara College of Fine Arts where she taught from 1997-2008. She is the principal at Sri Venkateshwara College of Fine Arts. She now stays at Jubilee Hills in the city. TRS Ministers and MLAs congratulated the newly elected MLC.