ANDHRA PRADESH

Campaigning comes to an end

B.V.S. Bhaskar

Parties try to woo the electorate by roping in film stars

Rajahmundry: Curtain came down on campaigning for municipal elections on Saturday evening.

Leaders of various parties tried their best to woo the electorate. Film actors and actresses, too, were roped in to attract the masses.

Issues like price rise, 24-hour water supply, house sites, ration cards, submergence of areas following Godavari floods were major campaign issues.

Congress leaders had to face some embarrassing moments when people in slum areas questioned them on price rise. Groupism came to the fore in several parties.

Ministers - Jakkampudi Rammohana Rao, Sabita Indra Reddy, Gollapalli Surya Rao, Botcha Satyanarayana and Dharmana Prasada Rao - Rajahmundry and Amalapuram MPs - Vundavelli Aruna Kumar and G.V. Harsha Kumar - and leaders like V. Hanumantha Rao, Kodanda Reddy, Ambati Rambabu, Ganga Bhavani, Mallika Begum and Danam Nagender were star campaigners for the Congress. TDP Parliamentary Party leader K. Yerrannaidu, PAC Chairman Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Kotagiri Vidyadhara Rao, Nandamuri Harikrishna, Roja, J.R. Pushparaj, Nannapaneni Rajakumari, Metla Satyanaryana, Alladi Rajkumar, Chikkala Ramachandra Rao, Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary were some who campaigned for the TDP. With apartment culture slowly picking up in Rajahmundry, candidates had a tough time campaigning in posh localities and in upper middle class areas. Posters saying, "don't disturb our privacy, we will vote you" greeted them.

Interesting posters

TDP's pictorial banner depicting the Chief Minister as King Nero and rise in prices of essential commodities attracted people.