Special Correspondent

Aimed at ensuring party's victory in panchayat polls

First phase ends on WednesdayCalls up MLAs, DCC presidents etc. at 4 a.m. to enquire about political realitiesMakes 820 calls in last three weeksAn alternative to traditional campaign mode of hitting the road

Hyderabad: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has completed his first phase of `tele-counselling' to ensure his party's victory in the ensuing panchayat raj elections by chalking out a strategy with the district leaders. He will now launch the second phase of a more intensive campaign by talking to the mandal level leadership from Thursday.

The first round of the campaign, which ended on Wednesday, saw him wake up his MLAs, former MLAs, the District Congress Committee presidents and other important leaders at 4.30 a.m. in all districts and enquire about the political realities. Thus, the last three weeks saw him making about 820 calls.

Dr. Reddy adopted a similar strategy in the last municipal elections by avoiding the traditional campaign mode of hitting the road. Following positive results thereby, he decided to replicate the strategy and launched the tele-campaign on May 21.

Every morning before his coming on the line at 5 a.m., his personal staff would have lined up all those on that day's list. Dr. Reddy spent about 5 to 10 minutes on each of the calls depending on the problems dogging the area.

If a solution was beyond the purview of the local leadership, he would direct some senior leader to interfere or would attend to it personally.

From tomorrow onwards, he is expected to double the tele-counselling time to iron out differences at the mandal level leadership.

He is also planning to cancel the interviews to the elected representatives scheduled between 2.40 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. daily at the secretariat and instead spend the time on this exercise.