The Congress party is looking at winning for the third consecutive term and there is no anti-incumbency factor working against the Kiran Kumar Reddy Government in the State, opine party leaders. “This has been reflected in the survey conducted by The Hindu along with CNN-IBN”, Vijayawada MLAs Malladi Vishnu and Vellampalli Srinivas have said.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Mr. Vishnu said that the survey reflected the actual situation in the State and had the credibility of The Hindu behind it.
From a vote share of 39 per cent in 2009 it had dropped marginally to 32 per cent, this was expected considering the fact that the party was contesting for the third consecutive time, he added.
Mr.Vishnu said that he was confident of the Congress improving its prospects in Telangana and Rayalaseema regions in the remaining time for 2014 elections. There was ample time for the Government to turn the tables and improve its popularity. The Government should plan special programmes for dalits, he opined.
The MLA said that the interpretation and analysis made by Telugu Desam President N. Chandrababu Naidu of the results in first phase of panchayat elections and also the The Hindu -CNN IBN survey was completely wrong.
Calling Mr. Naidu the ‘brother of Joseph Goebbels’, Mr.Vishnu said, Mr. Naidu was using the techniques of the Nazi Minister of Propaganda to mislead the people of the State.
He said that if the whole State was taken into consideration the Congress party was in the first place even in the first phase of the panchayat raj elections.
Mr. Naidu had “backstabbed” the farmers of Krishna and Godavari deltas when he said that the TDP had no objection to the division of the State. City Congress working president Meesala Rajeswara Rao and other Congress leaders were present.