AP Leaders Take Cue from Civic Body Polls, Dream Big for D-day - The New Indian Express

AP Leaders Take Cue from Civic Body Polls, Dream Big for D-day

Published: 16th May 2014 07:08 AM

Last Updated: 16th May 2014 07:16 AM

HYDERABAD: With only hours left for their political fate to be revealed, leaders of all political parties as well as Lok Sabha and Assembly contestants in both Telangana and Rayalaseema were keeping their fingers crossed on Thursday.

Counting of votes polled in Telangana and Andhra for Assembly and Lok Sabha seats on April 30 and May 7 respectively, would begin at 8 am on Friday.

As no two exit polls were similar in both states, the parties are unable to come to a conclusion on who would win or lose.

However, one class of leaders are not at all worried -- the Congress leaders in Seemandhra. “So far the Congress has fared very badly in Seemandhra in local body polls,” admitted AP Congress affairs incharge Digvijay Singh in Delhi.

He, however, felt that the party would do well in Telangana. “We will win in Telangana,” he said.

Former PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana did not mince words while admitting defeat. As though the verdict has already been given against the Congress, he said: “We will fight with whichever party comes to power in Seemandhra for the implementation of promises made in their respective manifestos within 100 days.”

There are 4,510 Assembly contestants in Telangana and Andhra regions. The Election Commission has set up counting centres at 78 places in both the regions. The total number of voters is 6.48 crore (2.81 crore in Telangana and 3.67 crore in Andhra).

The TRS is confident of winning the elections.

According to sources, party chief Chandrasekhar Rao has been consulting his party colleagues on Cabinet formation and selection of officers for the Chief Minister’s office. “We are winning 70 to 80 seats in Telangana of the total 119 seats,” said party leader T Harish Rao.

The Telangana Congress leaders are also hopeful that the people would elect their party to power since it had delivered the state despite tough opposition.   “We are going to win up to 55 seats in Telangana. The results of survey commissioned by some people that the TRS is winning in Telangana are baseless,” said former minister Md Ali Shabber. The TRS won 191 ZPTCs of the total 443 in Telangana. The Congress ended up with a tally of 176.

TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu who returned on Thursday morning from a short holiday abroad is also keeping his fingers crossed over what would be the verdict of the people in Seemandhra. With the performance of the party in civic and local bodies elections having come as a shot in the arm, the TDP leaders hope a repeat performance though they know that winning Assembly and Lok Sabha elections is a different ball game altogether.

The TDP won 373 ZPTCs of the total 653 in Seemandhra, while its nearest rival YSRC ended up with a tally of 275.

For the last two days, YSRC leaders have been trying to dismiss as baseless the argument that performance of the party in the civic and local bodies elections indicated how it would fare in the Assembly and Lok Sabha. The party leaders have been saying that the number of voters in municipalities and local bodies were very less compared to the numbers for the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls.

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