Hyderabad : Fifteen of the MLAs in the newly-elected Telangana Assembly are doctors and they include three orthopaedic surgeons.
Majority of them are still practising medicine while others are into business or other professions.
Eleven of the doctor MLAs belong to the Congress party while three are from Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS). One doctor MLA is from the BJP.
Three of these MLAs have been elected from constituencies reserved for Scheduled Tribes while three others belong to Scheduled Castes.
Murali Bhukya Naik is a doctor who was elected on the Congress ticket from Mahabubabad (ST). He graduated from JIPMER’s Pondicherry University with a Master of Surgery (MS).
Jatoth Ramchander Naik, a Congress candidate elected from Dornakal (ST), is a doctor as well. In 2001, he completed his MS (General) from Osmania Medical College.
In the affidavit he filed with his nomination, Kavvampally Satyanarayana, the Congress candidate from Manakonduru (SC) who emerged victorious, identified himself as a doctor. In 1998, he graduated with an MS from Kakatiya Medical College.
Kalvakuntla Sanjay is an orthopaedic surgeon. He was elected on a BRS ticket from Koratla constituency, defeating BJP MP from Nizamabad, D. Arvind. He did MS Ortho from JSS Medical College Mysore in 2003
M. Sanjay Kumar, elected from Jagtial on BRS ticket, is also a medical practitioner. He did MBBS and DOMS (Diploma in Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery).
Chittem Parnika Reddy, a student of MD, was elected to the Assembly from Narayanpet on Congress ticket. The 30-year-old did her MBBS in 2016.
Chikkudu Vamshi Krishna, elected from Achampet as Congress candidate, is also a professional physician. He is a general surgeon.
Master of Dental Surgeon (MDS) K. Rajesh Reddy was elected from Nagarkurnool to the Assembly on a Congress platform.
Mynampalli As a businessman by trade, Rohith Rao was elected on the Congress ticket and represents Medak. The 26-year-old completed his bachelor’s degrees in surgery and medicine.
P. Sanjeeva Reddy, a member of Congress Narayankhed works as a doctor as well. He completed his MBBS.
MBBS was also studied by former MP G. Vivek, who was elected to the Assembly on the Congress platform from the Chennur seat. With stated family assets over Rs. 600 crore, he is the wealthiest MLA in the new Assembly and a successful businessman.
BJP’s Palvai Harish Babu, who was elected from Sirpur, is Paediatric orthopaedic surgeon. He studied MS Ortho.
T. Venkata Rao, elected from Bhadrachalam constituency (ST) as BRS candidate, practices at a private hospital. He obtained MS in 2011.
Matta Ragamayee, elected from Sathupalle (SC) on Congress ticket, also practices medicine. She holds an MBBS degree and also did DTCD.
R. Bhoopathi Reddy, elected from Nizamabad Rural as Congress candidate, has done MS in Orthopaedics.
Telangana Junior Doctors Association has demanded that a doctor should be made the health minister. The association congratulated 15 doctors who have been elected as MLAs.
They said doctors have a detailed grasp of the healthcare system. Due to years of training and practical experience they have a clear insight into the complexities of patient care, hospital management and the intricate dynamics of the medical profession. Their expertise helps to craft policies that prioritize patient well-being and improve healthcare efficiency thereby promoting a healthy state, it said.