Cash, caste had more influence on voter: CPI

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Party launches in-depth study to serve people

Report to be sent to the party leadership

VIJAYAWADA: Caste, cash and inducements that were of short-term benefit seem to have had a greater influence on the voters than promises of commitment and service, said K. Subba Raju, CPI city secretary and the candidate of the Grand Alliance in Vijayawada West Assembly constituency.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Mr. Subba Raju, who slipped to the third position in the triangular fight, said that the party had launched an “in-depth study” to bring to light the reasons of his defeat by Praja Rajyam candidate Vellampalli Srinivas. A full report would be sent to the party leadership once that was completed. He said the failures of the Congress party had been highlighted in the election campaign, but the benefit of it went to the new party. Though he did not point fingers at the Telugu Desam Party, the electoral ally of the CPI, Mr. Subba Raju said he polled the same amount of votes as he did in 1999 when he was elected as the MLA. But, interestingly, not even a small percentage of the 50,000 votes polled by the TDP candidate Nagul Meera in 1999 were polled for him though the party was an electoral ally this time, he said. Asked if he was alleging that the TDP cadre did not work for him, Mr. Subba Raju said he could not say that without making a thorough study from the polling booth level. There were several lessons the party could learn from the debacle in Vijayawada West Assembly constituency , he said.

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