ANDHRA PRADESH

Congress reviews poll results

Identifies five factors which it believes has led the party to victory

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and APCC president K. Keshava Rao have analysed the party performance in the civic elections.

They have also reviewed the reverses in municipalities like Bheemunipatnam, Gudur, Bheemavaram, Nellore, Dharmavaram, Guntakal, Mancherial and Kamareddy.

Five factors

Sanitation, drinking water, drainage, housing and distribution of white ration cards have been identified as the factors that led to the triumph of the party.

It is felt that the Chief Minister's `Rajiv Nagara Baata', which was launched on January 9 on the lines of `Rajiv Palle Baata', has made a lot of difference this time. Dr. Reddy had asked officials to chalk out priorities for each municipality and sanctioned schemes to the towns accordingly after his visits. The five factors that had gone in favour of the party were the works undertaken during the `Rajiv Nagara Baata'.

Another factor that the party now feels has clinched the verdict in its favour was the `Praja Patham', a mass contact programme launched by the party during last summer.

The Chief Minister had directed his MLAs and MPs to go to the people "when they are in problems and address their grievances." Drinking water shortage was tackled effectively and this had gone in favour of the party in the elections, the party feels.

Wrong selection

Likewise, the post-mortem also revealed that wrong judgment in the selection of candidates dented the party's image in Gudur and Nellore (the Congress is still in a winning position here).

Though Bheemunipatnam MLA K. Seetharam blamed sabotage by other leaders in the party, it is felt that the neglect of the municipality and favouritism shown in awarding houses and ration cards were the undoing of the Congress.

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