Campaign a trump card for Congress

K. Srinivasa Rao
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Its aggressive approach makes Telugu Desam, YSRC jittery

Congress nominee for Srikakulam Assembly seat Chowdary Satish and his supporters campaigning in Srikakulam on Wednesday.– Photo: Basheer
Congress nominee for Srikakulam Assembly seat Chowdary Satish and his supporters campaigning in Srikakulam on Wednesday.– Photo: Basheer

Congress party’s belligerent election campaign in Srikakulam district is causing tension among the rival camps, forcing them to put additional efforts to win the respective seats. In the beginning, political experts anticipated that the fight would be only between YSRC and TDP as people were angry with the Congress for dividing the State.

But the situation has slowly changed in several constituencies including Rajam and Srikakulam due to local factors like caste and infighting within the TDP and YSRC. In Rajam, YSRC candidate Kamabala Jogulu has a tough contest due to the presence of rebel candidate P.M.J. Babu, who was denied party ticket in the last minute though he was in-charge for the constituency for the last three years.

Sources say that TDP candidate Pratibha Bharati is having a tough time due to lack of cooperation from many leaders and activists loyal to former Home Minister Kala Venkata Rao. On the other hand, former Minister and Congress candidate Kondru Muralimohan’s supporters are in a jubilant mood as the multi-corner contest in Rajam would help their leader win the seat. Vizianagaram MP Botcha Jhansi and her husband and former PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana have been focusing on Rajam which forms part of the Lok Sabha constituency to get maximum votes. Support of the Botcha family is an added advantage to Mr. Muralimohan, who won the seat with majority votes of 26,000 in 2009 elections.

In Srikakulam, Congress MP candidate and Union Minister Killi Kruparani is keen on getting maximum votes from the district headquarters. She fielded Chowdary Satish belonging to Kalinga community which has 27,000 votes in Srikakulam segment. His father Chowdary Purushottam Naidu, APNGOs Association State president, has a significant influence among the employees.

Mr. Satish’s campaigning style targeted at youngsters has caused worry among YSRC candidate Dharmana Prasada Rao and TDP’s nominee Gunda Lakshmidevi. Sitting MLAs Boddepalli Satyavati (Amadalavalasa) and Nimmaka Sugreevulu (Palakonda) are also giving a tough fight in their respective seats. “The Congress party’s campaigning style and planning will certainly change the prevailing mood in many constituencies. Multi-cornered contest in a few pockets will lead to surprise results,” said a senior TDP leader.



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