TAMIL NADU

PCC chief authorised to select candidates

HYDERABAD, DEC. 30. The Congress-I Steering Committee for the MCH elections on Sunday authorised the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president, Mr. M. Satyanaryana Rao, to select candidates for corporator posts.

The committee, which met here under the presidentship of its chairperson and Congress Working Committee (CWC) member, Ms. Sarojini Pulla Reddy, also authenticated the APCC President to select the candidate for the post of Mayor in consultation with the Steering Committee, intellectuals and social organisations.

The Committee asked its coordinators for the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) elections to submit their reports to the APCC regarding selection of candidates for the posts of corporators and Mayor before January 3, 2002.

In view of the enthusiasm and competition among party workers for the party ticket, three coordinators were appointed for each Assembly segment.

Having arrived at an agreement over the number of divisions to be contested, the city units of the ruling Telugu Desam Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party separately held meetings and were seriously engaged in the business of selection of divisions till late in the night.

The two parties would sit for discussions on Monday over the finalisation of divisions among themselves.

Jaladrushyam, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi headquarters, witnessed hectic activity today with hundreds of activists and party ticket aspirants for the MCH elections coming to the office in processions.

The TRS office secretary, Mr. Srinivas Reddy, said that 300 candidates had submitted applications for the party ticket. The office was abuzz with large number of people joining the party.

In continuation of his election campaign, the City Congress President, Mr. Anjan Kumar Yadav, undertook a padayatra in the Akbarbagh division of Malakpet Assembly segment. Mr. Yadav came down heavily on the ruling Telugu Desam Party holding it responsible for the "poor" civic amenities.

He observed that the TDP Government had succeeded only in "punishing" the people with escalating prices, unemployment and poor drainage and drinking water facilities in the city. Residents of Akbarbagh appealed to Mr. Yadav to establish a library in their locality.

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