G. Narasimha Rao

The fight is between Congress and Telugu Desam

Narsipatnam: Flags, banners and cut-out and publicity vehicles of the political parties are not many and even on the last day of campaigning the high-pitched final thrust is absent in Narsipatnam Assembly constituency except the main contestants going round some crucial areas in the constituency on open top vehicles or conducting padayatras on Tuesday.

This is the scene in a constituency, which is witnessing an intense fight mainly between the Congress and the Telugu Desam.

Severe summer and the hawk-eyed Election Commission are being cited as reasons.

But some felt huge money, required to purchase votes and supply liquor on the last two days, is also the reason for the campaign not reaching a feverish pitch.

Sitting MLA of TDP Ch. Ayyanna Patrudu said thanks to the Election Commission role of money has been reduced. Praja Rajyam candidate Ruttala Yerrapatrudu, who is facing the disadvantage of not having sufficient cash support, said the EC is helping him to an extent. If money does not play a major role, he would get a good majority, said Mr. Yerrapatrudu.

Mr. Yerrapaturdu, popular as Baabulu, drives his vehicle himself with only a security guard and a local leader with him, which one way reflected the lone furrow he was ploughing around. But this candidate, who has been with all parties, from CPI to BJP, is able to explain his point well to the people.

Congress’ Bolem Mutyala Papa is requesting people to support the Congress for Assembly and Lok Sabha. Her speech is brief at Makavarapalem.

Lok Sabha candidate Sabbam Hari said every one was satisfied with the Congress Governments in the State and at Centre as the promises made by it have been fulfilled. Mr. Hari said people were feeling that it was their responsibility to vote for the Congress.

Telugu Desam would win the Anakapalle Lok Sabha seat (under which falls Narsipatnam Assembly segment) also hands down, feels Mr. Ayyanna Patrudu. All seven Assembly candidates are strong and more over people have no faith in Praja Rajyam’s Allu Aravind and Mr. Hari is an outsider for the constituency.