AP by-poll campaign in full swing
With Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, TDP Chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu and TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao hitting the roads, campaigning for the May 29 by-elections to 4 Lok Sabha and 18 assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh has gained momentum.
The bypolls to 16 assembly seats and the four Lok Sabha constituencies were necessitated due to the resignation of sitting TRS members who quit in protest against the UPA government’s failure to take steps for the formation of separate Telangana.
Dr Reddy campaigned extensively in Warangal district and listed the developmental works initiated by his government. Congress President Sonia Gandhi would take a decision on the Telangana statehood issue, the Chief Minister said, keeping in mind the strong demand for separate Telangana that prevails in the region. Both the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and TDP have no sincerity in demanding separate state, he said.
TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu campaigned in Musheerabad constituency in the state capital in favour of CPI(M) nominee S Veeraiah. The TDP and CPI(M) have entered into an electoral understanding for the by-polls. Naidu lambasted the government for price rise and said his party would provide land to poor for constructing houses.
The TRS leaders too campaigned extensively in Musheerabad, Secunderabad and Khairatabad constituencies in the city. Reports from Mahabubnagar and other Telangana districts said students of Osmania University campaigned at various places seeking votes for TRS nominees.