The party is hopeful of winning a majority of seats in the polls

The Congress is gearing up for local body elections, including the panchyat polls, which are likely to be held in a couple of months. The Congress, which won a majority of seats in the just-concluded cooperative elections, is hopeful that it can retain its supremacy in the local body elections also.

According to the Congress leaders, the government is keen on holding the panchayat and the municipal elections to test the mood of the people after launching its flagship programmes such as Rs.1-a-kg rice scheme, Amma Hastham, Rajiv Yuvakiranalu, interest free loans, and Mee-Seva. The local leaders have been advised to strengthen the party in all 1,865 villages so that the party cadre will be ready to face the elections whenever they are held.

Union Minister of State for Communication and Technology Killi Kruparani, Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao, DCC president Narthu Narendra Yadav and others have been reviewing the party’s position at the grassroots level very frequently. They feel that the YSR Congress does not have the cadre support in many villages though it might have the sympathy among a few sections of the society.

The Congress leaders are keen on victory of their candidates though the panchayat elections are likely to be held on non-party basis. A separate strategy is being worked out for municipalities, including Srikakulam, Amudalavalasa, Palasa, and Itchapuram.

Congress spokesperson Mustak Mohammad has told The Hindu that unprecedented development in Srikakulam and other parts of the district will ensure victory for the Congress candidates in local body elections. “Both the Telugu Desam and the YSR Congress are not in a position to give tough fight to the ruling party,” he says.


  • Local leaders have been advised to strengthen the party in villages

  • ‘The district has witnessed progress on all fronts during the Congress regime’


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