Chiru strikes a confident note

Staff Reporter

TIRUPATI: Praja Rajyam (PRP) president K.Chiranjeevi has expressed confidence of winning the Assembly elections from both Tirupati and Palacole constituencies. He is however undecided on which constituency to resign from.

At a post-poll media conference here on Thursday, he said that he would have to consult his well-wishers and party seniors before announcing the decision, but promised to ensure equal development of both the segments. He said that the party would win anything between 95 and 105 segments out of the 140 constituencies that witnessed polls in the second phase. Making it clear that the PR would neither support the Congress-led UPA nor the BJP at the centre, Chiranjeevi added that extension of support would largely depend on the benefits accruable to the state.

‘Desperate attempt’

Referring to the unsavoury incidents in Tirupati on Thursday, he called it ‘desperate attempt’ by the losing Congress to create havoc. To a query on whether it was proper for the Chief Minister candidate to roam around the town and keep a watch on the polling stations, Mr.Chiranjeevi replied that it was only to instil confidence among the women and elderly persons and in fact, his presence only ensured that democracy was not ‘slaughtered’.

The EC ordering repoll in 34 centres in Kadapa district, including was ample proof of how badly the people had been terrorised, he observed.

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