ANDHRA PRADESH

Leaders of grand alliance jubilant

S. Harpal Singh



Constituent parties say the alliance will win all seats in Adilabad



ADILABAD: Statistics based predictions have gone wrong in the past yet, leaders from ‘grand alliance’ constituent parties and amateur psephologists in Adilabad district are already foreseeing a clean sweep by the grand alliance. The entry of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) into the political conglomeration formed by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) has conclusively boosted, at least on paper, the winning chances of the opposition parties.

“We are expecting victories in almost all the 10 Assembly constituencies in the district going by the performance of the constituent parties in the last byelection to Adilabad Lok Sabha seat.

Except for the Mudhole and Nirmal, the combined percentage of votes secured by TDP and TRS in the other five Assembly segments of this Parliamentary constituency is enough to inflict a defeat on the Congress. The votes of the Left parties are an added bonus”, says B. Goverdhan Reddy, the district president of Telugu Rythu about his party’s hopes.

Bandi Dattatri, district general secretary of CPI (M) anticipates anti-incumbency to play a major role in the coming elections.

“If people are happy because of the welfare programmes of Congress government there would not have been the strong anti-liquor campaign in the district. People are well aware that on the sly the government is taking back much more than it claims to be giving”, he observes.

Needless to say, the TRS, which perhaps stands to gain most out of the partnership with the alliance, is a considerably happy lot at present. “The TDP still retains its vote bank in the villages that will give us an advantage in fighting the Congress in the elections”, explains TRS district president Bharat Waghmare about the reason for the pink party’s current state of exultation.

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