Parties make effort to win over rebels

Special Correspondent

Senior leaders of Congress, TDP in Palasa

Tuesday is last date for withdrawal of nominations

Congress facing rebel trouble in 10 of the 25 wards

Srikakulam: With just one day left for the withdrawal of nominations for the election to Palasa-Kasibugga municipality, senior leaders of Congress and TDP descended on the town to ‘pacify and convince’ party candidates who, having failed to get party tickets, are in the field as rebel candidates.

The last date for withdrawal of nominations is November 20 by 3 pm. While both parties are facing the problem of rebels, it is more serious in the Congress. Congress is making all efforts to retain the municipality which it had won in 2002 when the TDP was in power. Senior Congress leaders, who included the Revenue Minister Dharamana Prasada Rao and Minister for Forests and Environment Satrucherla Vijayarama Raju and others visited the town on Monday and held talks with the rebel candidates and stressed the importance of withdrawing from the field and make way for the success of official candidate. United effort was the need of the hour, the Ministers told them.

The Congress was facing rebel trouble in at least 10 of the total 25 wards in the municipality. However, the concentration was in wards like 10 and 11 from where influential leaders like D.Bhavani Sankar and P.Nageswara Rao are in the field as rebel candidates. It remains to be seen to what extent the Ministers would succeed.

TDP senior leader and Srikakulam MP Kinjarapu Yerrannaidu visited the town and handed over ‘B’ forms to party nominees. He had also held talks with others who had failed to get party’s nominations. In the absence of Gouthu Shyam Sundar Sivaji, MLA and district unit president of the party, who had been convalescing in Hyderabad, major burden of campaign fell on the party MP. Election will be held on December 3.

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