ANDHRA PRADESH

Poll meetings cancelled

CUDDAPAH, APRIL 24. The Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, cancelled his public meetings scheduled at Ramapuram in the Lakkireddipalle constituency, Rayachoti and Rajampet, all in Rajampet Lok Sabha constituency, on Saturday, owing to a tight tour schedule.

Mr. Naidu held a three-hour teleconference from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., from the house of the candidate for the Cuddapah Assembly constituency, K. Sivananda Reddy, and discussed with the TDP candidates of the second phase of elections slated for April 26 their prospects. Later he had breakfast and waited until 10.30 a.m., in view of the `Rahukaalam', and then held a road show in Cuddapah town for half an hour, before leaving the district by helicopter.

The TDP president held discussions with the Ministers, P. Ramasubba Reddy and S. Saraswathi, and the candidates for the Cuddapah and Rajampet Lok Sabha constituencies and 10 Assembly segments, around Friday midnight and reviewed the party position. While returning after addressing a public meeting at Mydukur last night, he announced an ex gratia of Rs. 50,000 to a 12-year-old girl, Chinna Venkatasubbamma, daughter of a TDP activist, Bandela Seshaiah, who was fatally run over by an oil tanker at Kotha Gandhinagar in Chennur last night, while she was waiting along with the villagers to watch the Chief Minister's road show.

Mr. Naidu reached Cuddapah town at 10.55 p.m., after closure of the campaign time.

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