Special Correspondent

Maintains silence on party candidates

TDP leaders unhappy over his performance

ONGOLE: The six-day marathon visit of Balakrishna in Prakasam district yielded mixed results. The visit was marred by group rivalries and fight for tickets in Kanigiri, Addanki and Kondepi segments.

While Mr. Balakrishna introduced party candidates for Nellore Lok Sabha and Kandukur Assembly seat, he preferred silence on candidates in other segments indicating uncertainty prevailing in the party over selection.

Though he reportedly favoured his college mate, Kadiri Baburao for party ticket to contest for Kanigiri Assembly seat, he did not make any formal announcement. As Mr. Baburao was entrusted with the responsibility of making arrangements for the visit in Kanigiri, the party in-charge,

Mukku Kasi Reddy, former MLA and former chairman of Zilla Parishad felt piqued and kept himself away from the road-show.

Violence marred the visit as the groups led by B. Ch. Garataiah and Karanam Balaramakrishna Murthi clashed at C.S. Puram on the first day of the visit itself. Both of them are aspiring for ticket to contest for Addanki Assembly seat. Damancharla Janardhan, son of former minister, Anjaneyulu, also could not get any promise on ticket allocation for Kondepi seat.

As the seat is reserved for Scheduled Castes in the delimitation exercise, Mr. Janardhan is trying to get the ticket for one of his surrogates.

He felt unhappy as Mr. Balakrishna turned down his invitation for dinner.

Though he campaigned in Kanigiri, Santanutalapadu, Kondepi, Ongole, Chirala, Perchoor and Addanki segments, he maintained silence on party candidates.

The TDP leaders felt happy that he could draw considerable crowds but unhappy that he could not hold their attention for more than 5-10 minutes.

It became inevitable for them to compare his speeches vis-a-vis with Junior NTR and felt slightly unhappy over his performance.