ANDHRA PRADESH

Multi-strategy wooing game

Special Correspondent

Parties leave no stone unturned

VISAKHAPATNAM: Electioneering, which concluded on Saturday, witnessed variegated methods to woo voters, with the main parties - the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party - roping in their top leaders and their allies - the CPI and the CPI(M) respectively - banking on the bigger partners to woo the voters.

The TDP campaign looked more organised as it took care to utilise the services of leaders of different major communities. It entrusted the job to former Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu who hails from the Yadava community, which has a large chunk of votes in the city, particularly Visakhapatnam-II.

Caste card

Two other local leaders from the community - former MLA Palla Simhachalam and former urban district president Bharanikana Rama Rao - were put in charge of a sizeable number of wards to work out strategies.

Other leaders representing Velama, Kapu, Gavara, SCs, Other Backward Classes and minorities also toured extensively. Apart from them, there was a galaxy of film stars who campaigned for the TDP.

The Congress, in a bid to overcome the strong dissidence and rebellion, organised a meeting, particularly with respect to Visakhapatnam-I Assembly segment, to pacify the cadres.

It made former corporators like M. Satyanarayana Raju and V. Deveswara Rao, both of whom tried unsuccessfully for nomination in the GVMC elections, address the party workers.

When the powerful Relli community leaders were sore that they were denied ticket, their leader Chenna Apparao got up to say that he was given the ticket twice but still lost on both the occasions.

State BJP president Bandaru Dattatreya, former MLAs K. Haribabu and K. Lakshman, former Mayor D.V. Subba Rao participated in campaign. The extension of Prashanti Express up to Bhubaneswar saw them attract attention through a rail roko at Visakhapatnam station.

For CPI(M), B.V. Raghavulu, MPs P. Madhu and M. Baburao and for the CPI, its State secretary K. Narayana participated in electioneering.