Cooperative polls not yardstick for mandate: Telangana Congress leaders

Published: 07th February 2013 10:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th February 2013 10:55 AM   |  A+A-

Notwithstanding chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s claims that the recently held cooperative elections are a reflection of the people’s continued support to the party, the Congress leaders from Telangana chose to differ from him.

According to former PCC chief K Kesava Rao, though the Congress stood in first position in eight districts across Telangana region in the cooperative polls, the results of these elections could not be considered as a reflection of the popular mandate as the polls only represent the opinions of 5 per cent people.

“Moreover, cooperative elections are cadre-based polls. As we have devoted party workers in every village across the Telangana region, naturally we have stood ahead of separatist parties like TRS in these polls. But, coming to general elections, the electoral dynamics will be different. General elections reflect the sentiments and aspirations of people. As people of Telangana want statehood to their region, we couldn’t expect the same results in the general elections,” Kesava Rao told Express.

Talking to reporters at the CLP office here on Wednesday, government whip Arepalli Mohan said the results of cooperative polls would not reflect the sentiments of the people of Telangana region.

His contention was that since these polls were held on apolitical lines, local issues in villages would influence the voting pattern of farmers.

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