Staff Reporter

Both TDP and Congress confident of bagging top posts

  • Nagi Reddy toying with the idea of running a camp
  • Rumours of Independents demanding up to Rs.5 crores to back party

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The rumour mills worked overtime on Thursday with rival political parties launching camp politics to keep their flock of corporators together.

    Even rebel corporator Tippala Nagi Reddy, who staked claim for Mayor's post in exchange of support of his followers, is also toying with the idea of running a camp. Both the Congress and TDP leaders claimed that they would get the required majority to get their nominees elected as the Mayor and deputy Mayor on February 26. "We are in touch with three Independent corporators after inducting three independents including two TDP rebels into our camp," a former TDP Minister told The Hindu.

    There are rumours that each independent corporator is demanding up to Rs.5 crores to back the claim of TDP or Congress for mayorship. Mr. Nagi Reddy had already made it clear that he would support only that party which would elect him as the first Mayor. According to unconfirmed reports, the TDP top leadership promised Deputy Mayor's post to Mr. Nagi Reddy and consideration of a ticket for Assembly from Pendurthy . The Congress leadership is also in touch with Mr. Nagi Reddy and sent him feelers with the offer of Deputy Mayorship and some other `incentives,' it is said.

    TDP Polit Bureau member Yanamala Ramakrishnudu is camping in the city along with former MLA Dadi Veerabhadra Rao to establish contact with independent corporators. The Congress was the first to send its corporators to Hyderabad on Wednesday. Union Minister of State for Mines T. Subbarami Reddy and Minister for Cooperation Kanna Lakshminarayana after a meeting here, left for Hyderabad.