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Newly-elected unit president wants party strengthened in all wards

VISAKHAPATNAM: "Winning the Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation polls and the by-election to Visakha-I Assembly constituency are my first priorities," Telugu Desam Party's Greater Visakha urban district committee C.M.A. Zaheer Ahmed, said here on Tuesday.

Dr. Zaheer Ahmed has been appointed as president of the newly formed Greater Visakha unit of the party. Earlier, he was vice-president of the TDP urban unit and a co-opted member of the Municipal Corporation of Visakhapatnam.

Elections to the newly formed GVMC and Visakha-I Assembly seat rendered vacant by the death of Dronamraju Satyanarayana, will have to be held soon.

'An honour'

Addressing a press conference, he termed his appointment as an honour bestowed on the minorities by party president Nara Chandrababu Naidu.

"The party will be strengthened in every ward of the GVMC to face the elections. For the (Visakha-I) Assembly by-election, the party seniors will decide the candidate. I am confident that TDP will win both elections," Dr. Zaheer Ahmed said.

Inspiration from Bhimili

He wanted the leaders and cadre to draw inspiration from the party's victory in Bheemunipatnam municipal elections, in which the urban unit played a major role.

TDP State vice-president M.V.V.S. Murthi said that Dr. Zaheer Ahmed was a good choice to lead GVMC unit. TDP rural unit president Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy, former MLA, S.A. Rehaman, Chodavaram MLA Ganta Srinivasa Rao and former city unit president M. Sundaram Patrudu spoke.