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Telangana elections: TRS nominees advised door-to-door campaigning to drum up votes

On an average, each Assembly segment has around 60,000 beneficiaries for schemes such as Kalyan Laxmi, Asara pensions, KCR Kits and others.

Published: 22nd October 2018 03:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd October 2018 08:20 PM   |  A+A-

TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao holds a meeting with party candidates at Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad on Sunday. | Express Photo Services

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: With just 45 days left for the Assembly polls, the TRS leadership has directed party candidates to meet each and every voter in their segments in person, particularly beneficiaries of government schemes.

TRS supremo and caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday elaborated on the party’s poll strategy during a three-hour-long interaction with 107 of the party’s candidates at Telangana Bhavan, following which a list of Assembly segment-wise government scheme beneficiaries’ names was given to the nominees.

“On an average, each Assembly segment has around 60,000 beneficiaries for schemes such as Kalyan Laxmi, Asara pensions, KCR Kits and others. The names and contact details of the beneficiaries were given to Assembly candidates in today’s meeting,” caretaker Deputy Chief Minister K Srihari told reporters. “The candidates still have another 45 days’ time. The party president has issued instructions on how to campaign effectively,” he said.

KCR names two more candidates

Hyderabad: TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday announced the names of two more candidates, taking the number of Assembly constituencies for which nominees have been decided to 107. Chava Satish Kumar will contest from Malakpet constituency which has a significant number of AIMIM supporters and K Manik Rao from Zaheerabad — reserved for scheduled caste candidates.

TRS K Chandrasekhar Rao chief held a meeting with the party’s candidates and advised them on how to go about with campaigning for the upcoming elections. Speaking after the meeting, senior leader Kadiam Srihari said Rao exuded confidence and was sure of the party’s ability to win. Rao also told the candidates about recent surveys conducted by the party and other agencies.

“All surveys indicate that the party will win. TRS candidates have a clear-cut edge over others. The victory of the TRS is a historic necessity now as other parties have no proper understanding of the issues of the State,” Srihari said.

When asked if the Grand Alliance featured in the party meeting, Srihari replied in the negative. “We have not discussed anything about the  grand alliance. We don’t consider the grand alliance a competitor at all,” Srihari said. To a question on dissidence within the party, the senior leader said differences had been sorted out in most segments.

During the meeting, candidates proposed that Rao start campaigning from the north of the State as he had held all his election meetings in south Telangana. Rao responded that his tour programmes to Warangal, Khammam and Kaimnagar would be announced in a day or two.  Party insiders told Express the leader was planning to address public meetings in at least 100 Assembly segments. “Before the election notification is released, Rao will cover around 40 Assembly segments,” Srihari said. 

KTR invited to Davos ‘19

IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao has been invited to attend the 49th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos. The annual meeting will be held between 22 and 25 January, 2019 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.  The theme of the meet will be: “Globalisation 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. In the invitation letter sent to Rao, Børge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum appreciated his initiatives in the industrial and IT sector. 

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