ANDHRA PRADESH

Campaign for poll hits feverish pitch

Special Correspondent.

Flurry of activity in East Rayalaseema

Highest voter strength in Chittoor districtNo official Congress candidate in fray

TIRUPATI: Candidates contesting from the East Rayalaseema constituency comprising Chittoor, Nellore and Prakasam for one seat each available under the teachers and the graduates quota also have notched up their campaigns as there is barely two days left for the election. As for the teachers seat, there are 12 contestants while it is 31 under the graduates constituency.

Of the total strength of 14,638 voters in the teachers constituency, the highest is from Chittoor district - 6,159, followed by Prakasam (4,276) and Nellore (4,023). Similarly, there are 1,61,124 voters in the graduates constituency and here also Chittoor tops the list with 59,147 voters followed by Prakasam (54,032) and Nellore (47,945). Because of the vast expanse of the constituency covering three districts, candidates are forced to focus their campaign only on their respective native districts.

They are however broadly touching major pockets in Chittoor district as it plays a key role.

Political parties

But in the absence of the candidates, political parties and their frontal units supporting them are campaigning for their success. Though the Congress has not nominated anyone officially as its candidate, it is not objecting to some candidates under both the categories projecting themselves as its official nominees by putting up vinyl boards carrying their photos.

The Left parties, the TDP and the BJP with their respective frontal organisations are also fully engaged in the campaign.