Common rooms for TPCC, APCC
The Congress party in the State may have been technically divided into two separate entities in the last two days, but teething trouble continue to haunt at least the A.P. Congress Committee functioning from Indira Bhavan on the Gandhi Bhavan premises.
AICC general secretary was present when the APCC chief N. Raghuveera Reddy assumed charge. But the meeting of the APCC election, manifesto and campaign committees had to be conducted in the Gandhi Bhavan conference hall allotted to the Telangana PCC.
The APCC and TPCC leaders will have to share the conference hall as the media interaction room between them for some more time. “The bifurcation Act has said that Hyderabad will be the common capital for Telangana and A.P., but we never knew that these halls in Gandhi Bhavan will also act as common facilities for both units,” a Congress leader was heard telling others.
KCR following the rules of the game
TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao has promised 51 per cent reservation for weaker sections in the distribution of party tickets for contesting Assembly and Parliament elections. In the first list of candidates for 65 to 70 constituencies to be released on Monday, Mr. Rao said the proposed quota fitted in precisely.
By giving representation to weaker sections, the TRS president has come a long way since the last elections when he refused to consider caste factor in the allotment of tickets. His argument was that the TRS was not a full-fledged party but only an organisation struggling for the cause of statehood. Post-bifurcation, he admitted it is a party with a political behaviour. Now, his promise of reservation has confirmed that he will follow the rules of the game.
Naidu to seek voters’ views
TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu has decided to seek the views of voters in his native Kuppam constituency on whether or not he should contest the forthcoming elections.
Mr. Naidu, who launched a first-of-its-kind IVRS-based system to elicit views of voters on the choice of their candidates, said he himself will not be spared from the test. The only difference being just two options to voters – either to select him or name the candidate of their choice. “I am not above public scrutiny. Why should voters in my constituency be deprived of exercising their choice?” was his assertion.
Ravi Reddy, M. Rajeev, N. Rahul, B. Chandrashekhar