Ravi Reddy

HYDERABAD: The government has commissioned three agencies to conduct surveys to assess the performance of Congress legislators, the impact of development/welfare measures and also the effect of new political parties.

With elections scheduled sometime next year, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and AP Congress Committee president D. Srinivas are closely monitoring the party MLAs’ performances. Selection of candidates for the 2009 elections would be based on the survey reports and the field-level feedback.

Rating

The surveys are being conducted by New Delhi and Mumbai-based agencies. The first survey will have a sample size in excess of 1,000 in each Assembly segment who will rate their MLA on the basis of their rapport with electorate, behaviour towards officials and interaction with party cadre,” sources told The Hindu. “We intend to get feedback on whether local legislators face any charges of corruption or irregularities.

It will also question the respondents to point out the influence or involvement of an MLA’s family members in the constituency,” they pointed out. While MLAs’ performance would be the basis of their retention for the next elections, the survey will focus on identifying prospective candidates in constituencies not represented by the Congress. Another area which the surveys are expected to focus on is the entry of new political parties, particularly the one planned by actor Chiranjeevi. Telangana issue and scope for poll alliances figure in the questionnaire. The surveys are expected to bring out the positive features as well as shortcomings.