Telangana 2018

Women relatives to the aid of Lok Sabha candidates

Reaching out: Congress candidate Konda Vishweshwar Reddy’s wife Sangita Reddy and TRS candidate Ranjith Reddy’s wife Sita Reddy campaigning in Chevella and BJP candidate G. Kishan Reddy’s wife Kavya Reddy canvassing for votes in Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency.

Reaching out: Congress candidate Konda Vishweshwar Reddy’s wife Sangita Reddy and TRS candidate Ranjith Reddy’s wife Sita Reddy campaigning in Chevella and BJP candidate G. Kishan Reddy’s wife Kavya Reddy canvassing for votes in Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency.  

Family members pep up election campaign by connecting with people in their constituencies

Parks and open grounds frequented by residents for morning walks have become the favourite haunts of women canvassing on behalf of their family members contesting for Lok Sabha seats in the city.

This informal way of conversing with enthusiasm and trying to establish a rapport with the voters has been a popular trend in this election season with the polling date just a week away.

For instance, Sangitha Reddy, wife of Chevella Lok Sabha Congress candidate Konda Vishweshwar Reddy who quit TRS to join Congress party before last Assembly elections, has been making it a point to meet residents of as many areas as possible.

Taking time out and overseeing the campaign schedule of her husband, Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, joins the residents in various areas during morning walks introducing herself and seeking votes for the Congress party and her husband. She has been at it for quite some time now having covered several rural areas, residential colonies and also gated communities falling under the Chevella constituency. “People are quite satisfied with the work done by Mr. Vishweshwar Reddy in his constituency in the last four-and-a-half years. For instance in PBEL City gated community, morning walkers shared with me that they had approached the sitting MP for drinking water issue. It has been resolved to some extent.”

Clad in casual wear and sports shoes with a cap, affable Sangita sets out focusing on women, youth, educated persons, seeking to understand their problems and asking them to vote without fail given the low voter turnout in urban areas. Other family members and relatives have also been leading the door-to-door campaign in the seven constituencies as part of meticulously drawn schedule for the Congress candidate.

TRS candidate Ranjith Reddy, an industrialist, has his wife Sita Reddy actively campaigning for him in his maiden election. She has been attracting voters by talking about various development and welfare schemes being implemented by the TRS government. His daughter Pooja also plunged into campaigning by literally drumming up support by beating a drum and enthusing the party workers in Chevella constituency.

Ms. Kavya Reddy, wife of G. Kishan Reddy, Secunderabad BJP Lok Sabha candidate is active too by meeting morning walkers in various parks and grounds in the constituency. She was going round the colonies and slums and seeking votes by applying vermilion to women voters. Her focus is on development work done by the three time MLA Kishan Reddy and the welfare schemes launched by Prime Minister Modi. In Malkajgiri constituency, sister of Congress candidate Revanth Reddy has been taking part in the road shows. Her take is vote for a candidate who can question and raise his voice in Parliament.

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