Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday claimed that his party in alliance with BJP would win 120 to 130 Assembly and 20 to 22 Lok Sabha seats in Seemandhra, in spite of efforts by the YSR Congress Party to win over voters with money and liquor.
An internal assessment conducted by the party based on the trends during the polling on Wednesday, it was estimated that TDP could win majority seats in all districts of Seemandhra except Kadapa and Nellore. “The YSR Congress’ game plan to restrict the polling percentage by terrorising the electors, rival parties and polling officials did not work as voters turned out in huge numbers,” Mr. Naidu said.
It was the first time a political party had resorted to organised crimes during election, Mr. Naidu said, adding that such criminal and undemocratic practices were limited only to Pulivendula constituency in Kadapa district all these years. But, the YSR Congress Party had tried to spread such evil practices all over Seemandhra this time, the TDP chief alleged.
Spurious liquor supplied by YSRC to gullible voters had claimed five lives while the people refused to accept fake currency notes distributed by it in several villages, Mr. Naidu alleged.
“The YSR Congress ranks tried to create a panic situation across Seemandhra by attacking rival party activists and contestants, police, media and polling personnel with an intention to keep the voters away from polling stations,” he said. However, the electorate with improved awareness undid the YSRCP plans.
Pawan, Naidu discuss TDP-BJP prospects
Meanwhile, Jana Sena Party founder and actor Pawan Kalyan called on Mr. Naidu at the latter’s residence here and discussed the prospects of TDP-BJP combine in Seemandhra.
Mr. Pawan Kalyan spent over one hour with Mr. Naidu and his family members and had lunch with them later, TDP sources said. He was learnt to have discussed about the seats the TDP-BJP alliance is likely to win and the composition of the TDP-led government there. N. Lokesh, Mr. Naidu’s son who also crisscrossed Seemandhra for electioneering, was present.
Naidu for US
Mr. Naidu stated he was going on a vacation for four-five days to the US and other countries on Thursday night along with family members to relax after the hectic campaigning for the elections. “I can’t relax with family members here (India) due to security reasons and some relatives and well-wishers have invited us there for spending free time,” Mr. Naidu said. He is likely to return to the city either on May 12 or 13. Alleging that the Election Commission authorities had functioned with bias against TDP, Mr. Naidu said it did not react on poll-malpractices even after being brought to its notice by TDP.
Naidu says YSRC plan to restrict polling percentage by terrorising the electors, rival parties and polling officials did not work as voters turned out in huge numbers