He looks determined to bag the seat that placed him in the Union Cabinet in the previous government. After a “surprise” loss in the last elections, he is taking no chance this time and hitting the lanes and by-lanes, so familiar to him, early in the morning. He reminds people of what he has done for the city and not just his constituency.
The BJP candidate for the Secunderabad LS seat, B. Dattatreya, kicked off his campaign in style from Warasiguda on Wednesday helping a labourer download coconut bags from a lorry and kissing an infant even as his followers reminded that it all reflected his simplicity and down-to-earth nature. As his specially designed vehicle fitted with mikes, along with his followers on bikes snaked through the small lanes inviting curious people to come out of their house, Mr. Dattatreya raised issues that touched the common man. He raised the issue of the spiralling prices of essential commodities and how hard the middle and lower income groups were hit. “But this government talks high of its performance when people have to spend Rs. 30 to buy a kg of rice despite bumper crop in the last five years,” he said.
Mr. Dattatreya alleged that corruption levels of the Congress have not just affected individuals but the State itself. He said people had to lose Metro Rail due to the greed of Mr. Rajasekhara Reddy and they should question this government. “I was instrumental in getting money for MMTS, Krishna water, flyovers and Vambay houses in the city,” he reminded them. But this government concentrated more on selling lands and less on people’s welfare.
Mr. Dattatreya didn’t confine himself to just local issues, but also national issues like the failure of the UPA government in containing terrorism.He talked about how the blasts in Hyderabad shattered the confidence of the common man and the image of the city.Accompanied by the Secunderabad Assembly seat candidate Shanigarapu Ramesh Chakra, he campaigned in Warasiguda, Mohdguda and Chilkalguda divisions.