HYDERABAD: Prajarajyam party president K Chiranjeevi would soon embark on an elaborate exercise to interact with mandal-level and village-level PRP leaders over the next 10 days.
Though the schedule has not been finalized, messages have been sent to all contestants to shortlist at least 20 names in their respective constituencies who sincerely took the party to the masses. These 20 leaders would have direct interaction with the party president and they in turn would be asked to identify 50 leaders at the mandal-level and village-level, who would have an opportunity to meet the party president and share their experiences over dinner.
Party sources said that the dinner diplomacy was being planned to keep the cadres’ morale high till the day of counting, May 16. Strangely, Chiranjeevi would be doing an exercise which his arch political rival and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu completed well before the conduct of elections in the state.
Meanwhile, the PRP president was on a high on Monday with more than satisfactory feedback from contestants in East Godavari, West Godavari and Visakhapatnam. The review meetings held to assess the party’s performance in East Godavari and West Godavari ended on a buoyant note with party leaders exuding confidence that the party would win 28 out of the 34 assembly seats.
Contestants who attended the meeting claimed that women and first-time voters in both the Godavari districts came out in large numbers to cast a `decisive vote’. The polling percentage in both the Godavari districts was as high as 81.5 per cent. The PRP president has reviewed the party’s performance in 22 districts and the last one on the list is Krishna district, which would be reviewed on Tuesday.
In response to a query, contestants from West Godavari said that they would strive for the victory of any candidate from Palacole, in case the party president decided to retain the Tirupati assembly seat.
In another development, the party demanded the state government to announce and ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh to 38 people, mostly poor farmers, who died of sun stroke across the state in the past 48 hours.