ANDHRA PRADESH

PR will make it on its own: Aravind

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Praja Rajyam general secretary Allu Aravind on Thursday said that people had proved they were for change and had given their stamp of approval to usher in total democracy that would be announced on May 16.

At a press conference here, he said the huge turnout at the polling booths during phase two was proof of an anti-incumbency factor. This apart it was curtains for the Opposition party, the TDP too, he said, adding that the large presence of women and youth between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. lent credibility to his thinking that the Praja Rajyam would form the government on its own.

Mr. Aravind said that if the Election Commission ordered a re-poll in all the polling booths of Pulivendula constituency and had the military in place there, the PR nominee would win there.

Naidu’s dream

“The fact that re-poll has been ordered in 19 booths is proof that democracy is being stifled in Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s native constituency,” he said.

Senior leader P. Upendra said people had successfully voted out the Congress government and that the day’s voting also indicated that the five year-old dream of TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu of coming back to power would continue to remain so. “People have taught an unforgettable lesson to the Congress and the TDP and its now time for the PR to firm up plans aimed at implementing every single promise made in its manifesto,” he declared.

All of them congratulated the Election Commission, Chief Electoral Officer I.V. Subba Rao and the police for ensuring a free, fair and peaceful poll barring a few incidents that were a result of Congress leaders’ desperate bid to turn the tide of voting on to themselves.

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