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Vijayamma sounds panchayat poll bugle

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Asks cadres, leaders to bury the hatchet and work hard

YSRC honorary president Vijayamma waving to party cadre who received her at the Visakhapatnam airport on Sunday.
YSRC honorary president Vijayamma waving to party cadre who received her at the Visakhapatnam airport on Sunday.

Honorary president of YSR Congress Party Y.S. Vijayamma sounded the bugle for panchayat elections at the jam-packed Naidu function hall here on Sunday. She said she sounded the bugle at this place because her husband had ended his marathon padayatra at Ichchapuram in Srikakulam district exactly a day prior to the regional meeting.

Mrs. Vijayamma, who was here for the first time, appealed to cadres and leaders to bury the hatchet and work hard for their party.

She said burying differences and working together would help strengthen the party at grass-root level, thereby they too could hold high positions in the party. She asked leaders and cadres to discuss and choose consensus candidates for sarpanch, MPTC, and ZPTC posts in the panchayat elections.

The party leaders Ambati Ram Babu, Sujaya Krishna Ranga Rao, P. Sambasiva Raju, Jupudi Prabhakar, Dadi Veerabhadra Rao, Palavalasa Rajasekhar, parliamentary observers and Assembly constituency coordinators, district conveners and others were present.

The notable absentee was former minister Konathala Ramakrishna.

Message to cadres

Addressing leaders and cadres from the three north Andhra coastal districts, she cautioned them that forces inimical to the party had been trying to create rift among them in villages. She said winning majority panchayats alone would be a fitting reply to such parties.

“Please do not be overconfident thinking that Jagan’s wave would sweep the polls. The Congress misused its power in the recently held cooperative society elections. Now the ruling party and the TDP are working hand in glove.

Hence, the cadres must be alert, particularly in the preparation of voters’ list.”

Owing to uncertainty over holding elections for the past two years, panchayats received raw deal and people lacked basic civic amenities, including drinking water and street lighting.

Taking a dig at Kiran Kumar Reddy government for diluting and renaming some of the welfare schemes that YSR had introduced and increased prices of power, LPG, RTC fare etc., she asked why they should vote for Congress again.

In the same breath, she termed the TDP chief as an opportunist and shifting stands at times to suit his convenience.

Joins party

Earlier, party men accorded her a grand welcome. At a brief stopover at Municipal Office, Kalla Gowri Shanker, former president of Vizianagaram Cooperative Urban Bank joined the party.


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