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Party claims to be winning majority of cooperative societies in the State

Taking stock:Women and Child Welfare Minister V. Sunitha Lakshma Reddy, District in-charge Minister D.K. Aruna and Major Industries Minister J. Geeta Reddy discussing about PACS polls in Sangareddy on Friday.— Photo: Arif Mohammed
Taking stock:Women and Child Welfare Minister V. Sunitha Lakshma Reddy, District in-charge Minister D.K. Aruna and Major Industries Minister J. Geeta Reddy discussing about PACS polls in Sangareddy on Friday.— Photo: Arif Mohammed

Encouraged by the positive results in the first phase of cooperative elections held on Thursday, the Congress party claimed that it would win majority District Credit Cooperative Banks (DCCB) in the State.

Speaking to reporters here on Friday at the residence of Government Whip T. Jayaprakash Reddy, District in-charge Minister D.K. Aruna, Major Industries Minister J. Geeta Reddy and Minister for Women and Child Welfare V. Sunitha Lakshma Reddy said that the farmers stood behind the party firmly and the indications were there in the first phase elections.

“The government has extended free power to farmers and interest free loans up to Rs.1 lakh. Farmers felt that they will not have better government than that of us. That is why they backed our candidates in cooperative elections,” they said while thanking the farmers. They also said that Medak district stood as strong hold for the party.

DCC president V. Bhoopal Reddy said that they would win 70 single window chairman posts and finally have party’s say in DCCB chairman post elections.

Answering a question, Ms. Aruna said that they have not yet finalised candidature of any one for the DCCB Chairman post as the second phase elections were yet to be held on February 4.

MP Suresh Shetkar, MLA Ch. Muthyam Reddy and DCCB chairman M. Jaipal Reddy were present. The confidence levels in the ruling Congress party were increased with the first phase election results. Siddipet, Dubbak, Gajwel, Medak and part of Narsapur assembly constituencies were covered in the first phase elections and the ruling party was able to win considerable number of seats. As the second phase elections would be held in the limits of constituencies being represented by the party legislators.

Blow to TRS

Warangal Special Correspondent: The Congress leaders in the district are in upbeat mood with the party bagging majority of cooperative societies in the first phase of elections to the societies. The strong separate Telangana sentiment claimed by the TRS failed to translate into votes. Of the 49 societies that went for polls in the first phase, Congress bagged 30 societies, TRS 4, TDP 7, YSRCP 1 and independent 1. The result of six societies is yet to be declared.

The outcome of the cooperative society elections could not be taken as indication of Telangana sentiment, but it certainly manifests the public patronage to the TRS party in the district.

Speaking to The Hindu , Prof. K. Sitarama Rao of Telangana Vidyavanthula Vedika said in most of the areas, both the Congress and TRS allied in the elections. “In local body elections, the ruling party will have edge but it does not repeat in general elections,” he pointed out.

With the TDP too coming clear on the separate Telangana issue, the sentiment is no longer considered as that belonging solely to the TRS which the result of cooperative society elections indicate. If the same result is repeated in ensuing MLC elections, the TRS may take a beating. However, Prof. Sitarama Rao argues that it would not happen because it was the teachers who are staunch supporters of separate Telangana State who would be voting in the MLC elections.

Since the TDP gave a letter in support of separate Telangana to the Centre, all the parties – Congress, TDP and TRS stand equal chance to claim votes from public on the plank. Though Prof. Sitarama Rao contends that TRS might win the MLC elections the Teachers’ Associations that have more membership and blessings of the ruling party has edge over others.

Polls postponed

Adilabad Staff Reporter writes: The Congress in Adilabad district ruled the roost having got elected its nominees as president in as many as 22 of the 38 Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS) for which polling was held in the first phase on January 31. The Telugu Desam (TDP) now has presidents in seven PACS, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) in three, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and YSR Congress in one each, while elections at four societies were postponed for Saturday.

The TDP and Congress are likely to increase their tally by a couple of PACS each when election will be held at the places where it was postponed. The two rivals are likely to reach an understanding at Jainad and Bela to appoint respective nominees with mutual support as none of them enjoys a clear majority at these places.

It was in Mancherial division, where polling was held for 16 PACS, that the Congress won in as many as 13 PACS, the remaining having been captured by the TRS. MLC K. Premsagar Rao had ensured unanimous election of his party men in 10 of the societies.

The BJP supported candidate won the Jamidi APCS in Ichoda mandal while the YSR Congress won the president’s post at Aloor PACS in Sarangapur mandal.

The TRS drew a blank in Adilabad and Mancherial divisions.

Party claims of winning a majority of the cooperative societies


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