ANDHRA PRADESH

Parties taking it easy in filing nominations



Special Correspondent.

June 16 being `Panchami' and Friday is considered most auspicious

TIRUPATI: Though barely two days are left for filing nominations to the ZPTC and MPTC elections, all parties are taking it easy and still engaged in negotiations.

There are also other reasons for things moving in slow motion. Contenders are already wary of the fact that filing of nominations had to begin on a jinxed date -- June 13.

What further deterred them from filing nominations even after the jinxed `13th' was the inauspicious days like `Padyami', Tuesday etc intervening subsequently.

But nominations are expected to pour in on June 16 for two reasons it falls on a Friday and is also `Panchami', which is considered the most auspicious.

Least preferred

Though the nominations would close only the next day, not many are expected to opt for the day as Saturday is least preferred by those trying to test their political fortunes.

Apart from sentimental reasons, there appears to be a logical explanation, too.

Unlike in the past and for the first time in the history of the state local body elections, after the scrutiny of nominations, the SEC has set apart two days for the benefit of those whose nominations are rejected.

All can thus hang on till the last minute on June 20 to haggle for the `B' Form, thanks to the two-day respite provided by the SEC.

It is against this background that the TDP and the CPI-M on one hand and the Congress and the CPI on the other have still not managed to reach an accord on seat adjustments.