Staff Reporter

Highest enrolment in city

District targets 5 lakh members

Congress bringing pressure on people not to join PRP

VIJAYAWADA: The Chiranjeevi-led Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) is conducting its membership drive in all the 16 Assembly constituencies in the district, even as the party leaders are happy over the response from the public.

The city is stated to have recorded the highest enrolment so far in the entire district.

Membership drive

PRP district monitoring committee coordinator Bunga Saradhi and members G. Gopi Sridhar and G. Nagaraja Kumari have said that over 2 lakh membership forms were sold till now to enthusiasts and fans coming from every nook and corner of the district.

Of these, nearly 1.16 lakh people had taken membership and the district office received receipts to this effect.

Mr. Saradhi told The Hindu that they were expecting to get a total membership of nearly 5 lakh in the district in the current drive.

The enrolment in the city covering the three Assembly constituencies reached 26,440 so far.

Membership drive was also very enthusiastic in Nuzvid, which came in second place after the city.

It was followed by Tiruvuru, Machilipatnam and so on.

Focus on women

The PRP leaders said that to give a push to the membership drive, women teams were being formed especially to focus on the women membership.

One such team formed with T. Padma and M. Jhansi got 2,000 women enrolled in the party in just two days. These teams would be concentrating on 100 villages in the next 10 days.

Mr. Saradhi alleged that the ruling party was bringing pressure in different forms on people not to join the PRP and in some cases beneficiaries under different Government schemes were being threatened with discontinuing their benefits if they considered going to the PRP fold.

“We appeal to the Congress leadership not to resort to such tactics.

This is not in the best interests of political parties,” he added.

Mr. Saradhi demanded that the Government conduct a meeting with the Joint Action Committee of AP Teachers’ Organisations (JACTO) and resolve their problems in a peaceful manner.

He deplored that the studies of students were affected as 80,000 schools stopped functioning because of the teachers’ strike.