ANDHRA PRADESH

‘Welfare measures spelt success’

For the Record: Kishore Chandra Deo, who won the Araku LS seat with highest majority in the State, receiving his election certificate.

For the Record: Kishore Chandra Deo, who won the Araku LS seat with highest majority in the State, receiving his election certificate.  

Special Correspondent

Kishore Chandra Deo’s name is doing the rounds for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker



Deo’s Araku (ST) LS seat is spread over four districts

He won by a margin of 1,92,444 votes



VISAKHAPATNAM: “I could secure a majority as vast as my constituency,” was how senior Parliamentarian of the Congress, Vyricherla Kishore Chandra Suryanarayana Deo, who won the Araku (ST) Lok Sabha seat spread over four districts for nearly 500 km. in the tribal belt, described his victory.

He won by a margin of 1,92,444 votes to create history in one of the biggest Parliamentary constituencies in the country. “Four of the Assembly segments are part of my old constituency, Parvathipuram (ST). Only three were new in this newly carved out Lok Sabha seat. I talked about development under the State Government and Central Government schemes like the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and loan waiver for farmers. I repeated the good work of the Congress in every meeting and it worked,” he put it plainly.

Mr. Deo’s name is doing the rounds for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker. Will he accept it if offered the same?

Speculation

“It’s purely speculation. However, I will accept whatever responsibility I am entrusted with by the party high command,” was his instant reaction. Asked what issues in the manifesto could get translated into votes in favour of the Congress, Mr. Deo, who was chairman of Congress manifesto committee, said that the welfare measures and development activities saw the party through.

As one from the tribal belt, does he have an agenda for development of tribal areas not only in Andhra Pradesh, but also in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh and other States like Jharkhand where there is a Maoist problem? Yes, the focus would be on development and better communications, he said. Now that the Congress is back in power, will it continue with the proposed bauxite mining in tribal areas? “I have my own reservations, though I am not against mining for development. But I feel people should be convinced first. The Forest Rights Bill has been introduced in the interests of tribals. It all depends on the relief and rehabilitation package they get ,” he says.

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