The three major political parties—Congress, TDP and the YSRC itching for some election or the other to gauge their respective electoral ratings ahead of the 2014 elections. They are now trying to make use of the ensuing elections for the Tirupati Co-Operative Town Bank to assess their relative strengths and weaknesses.

This, coupled with the fierce campaign already on for the Co-Op Single Window Societies elections, has left the political atmosphere highly charged in Chittoor district—the home ground of Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy as well as Leader of the Opposition, N. Chandrababu Naidu.

Strategy session

As for the YSR Congress Party, its Tirupati MLA B. Karumakar Reddy has taken the lead in mobilising party cadres and the voters for a ‘strategy session’ here on Saturday and has also announced the party’s candidate for the post of the Bank’s president.

It is Pulugoru Prabhakar Reddy who is expected to take on his own cousin, Pulugoru Muralikrishna Reddy, who would be running for a second term.

The TDP, which also has a few directors on the bank’s board, is likely to announce its candidate for the president’s post on Monday or so.

The decades old bank, claimed to be one of the few largest urban cooperative banks in the State and the country also, has around 55,000 members (voters). With political activism getting ratcheted in the recent years, the much-awaited election for the Bank’s 13-member board has turned out to be crucial.

As the political parties are looking at the election as a barometer to evaluate their plus and minus points, they are not leaving anything to chance, as in the case of the Single Window elections.

Incidentally, Mabbu Suryanarayana Reddy, a hotelier, joined the YSRC at the party’s meeting held here on Saturday. Karunakara Reddy, an MLA, took him on board by offering the party kanduva.