ANDHRA PRADESH

CM ends campaign on home-turf

TIRUPATI. April 24. As curtains came down on the campaign for the second and the last phase of polling in the State scheduled for Monday, the TDP supremo and Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, ended his campaign with a customary darshan of Lord Venkateswara in the hill temple tonight.

As is the TDP's practice right from the days of its founder, late N.T. Rama Rao, the launching of the campaign was also done in Tirupati on March 13 when Mr. Naidu led a massive rally and addressed a public meeting.

Mr. Naidu was today chopper-hopping in his native Chittoor district covering as many as six Assembly segments in just three hours before landing at Tirupati and motoring up the Tirumala hills in his bullet-proof car.

He could address meetings only at Sathyavedu, Srikalahasti, Puttur and Nagari and could not do it at Chittoor and Tirupati due to paucity of time. While at Chittoor he could at least climb up the podium and wave his hands at the crowd, there was no time even for this in Tirupati because by the time his chopper touched down at the Alipiri helipad, the deadline was over. When party-enthusiasts insisted that he address them briefly, he merely waved his hands at them and flashed the `V' symbol.

This was Mr. Naidu's second visit to the district in less than four days. Interestingly, he did not visit his Kuppam constituency where he completed a hat-trick and is running for a fourth term.

The campaign in his segment is being run by a core-team of local leaders. Even his nomination papers were filed in absentia by his local followers.

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