Praja Rajyam Party leader from Anakapalle, Gandham Nandagopal, on Monday demanded the party high command to select only local candidates failing which there would be resentment among the cadres who have been followers of mega star Chiranjeevi for long. Talking to media persons, he was particularly critical of PRP founder’s brother-in-law and film producer Allu Aravind who did not heed to the request of appointing separate conveners for rural and urban wings of the party. “They have made Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who was a late entrant to the party from TDP, as a single convener for the entire district. Now this gentleman, himself being non-local, is keen on imposing non-local candidates in different places. I appeal to him not to field non-locals. Otherwise, we will fight it out,” he said. When it was pointed out that the party high command might take action against him for being critical, Mr. Nandagopal said he was not afraid of any action against him. He was only making healthy criticism and came out into the open after repeated requests had failed to evoke response. He would continue to work for Chiranjeevi whether he was in the party or not, he said. Replying to questions, he said that social justice could not be achieved if local candidates were not given the opportunity and parties should not go for those whom odds favoured for a victory.
The Praja Rajyam chief, Mr Chiranjeevi, and the Telugu Desam president, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, on Monday rubbished a poll survey predicting victory for the Congress in the state. “It is a cooked up survey and does not reflect the ground reality,” said Chiranjeevi. “It is only meant to create confusion among the voters and dampen the spirits of the Praja Rajyam cadre.” Chiranjeevi did not find any fault with the NTV and Neilson Org-MARG which conducted the survey but added that the more important aspect was “those behind the survey.” The megastar-turned-politician said that there was a silent revolution in favour of the Praja Rajyam and the party would sweep the polls. Mr C. Anjaneya Reddy, Praja Rajyam vice-president and former IPS officer, demanded a ban on the surveys 100 days before the polls saying they were being used by some parties to mislead people. Meanwhile, Mr Naidu was visibly irked by the surveys which stated that his Mahakutami would end up in the second place.
Nagababu – Tamaneni Sitaram has expressed their confidence regarding common symbol to Prajarajyam party, they said this month on 16th court is going to give its verdict in the favor of P R P. They had been to review the arrangments for the meeting that is being planned to be held on 10th of this month. They stated that there is no confusion in public about this. They said not to believe on leaders who say that they got ticket on behalf of P R P. After 15th of this month first list of candidates would be released.
T D P – Senior leader – Kinjaravu Erramnaidu would be contesting from Srikakulum to counter him P R P is planning to represent Tamineni Sitaram and his seat on behalf of P R P is almost confirmed. Tamineni Sitaram along with Srikakulum seat is also making his wife Vani to contest from Amadaala Assembly seat is his demand. Other leaders say that giving two seats for both of them is not welcoming act with in the party.
Rajahmundry: Praja Rajyam president K. Chiranjeevi has challenged the Congress and TDP to allot the maximum number of seats to Backward Classes in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, which his party was ready to do.
He said the list of his party’s contestants, mostly belonging to Backward Classes, was ready. He said that in the last Assembly elections, the Congress had earmarked only 45 seats to BCs and there was no representation for them in eight districts. He persistently asked both the parties how many seats they would give in Kadapa and Chittoor, native districts of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu.
‘TV promise’ flayed
Mr. Chiranjeevi was addressing a mammoth gathering at the Spinning Mills Grounds here on Tuesday evening, the first in the Godavari districts, which has a sizeable population of Kapus, compared to other districts.
At the same time, Mr. Chiranjeevi criticised the TDP’s promise of supplying TV sets to the poor and cobbling up the ‘grand alliance’ only as an attempt to grab power.
He said that the weaker sections and minorities were used for political gains and declared that the PR would not allow this any more.
Meanwhile, two persons were injured when large loudspeaker stands fell on them during the meeting on Tuesday night.
Two youths were injured following which the actor-turned-politician called for an ambulance and the injured were rushed to the government hospital.
Chiru Road Show
Chiru takes left & Right on TDP & TRS
Praja Rajyam president K. Chiranjeevi said he would release the first list of party with the names of atleast 50 to 60 candidates, in four days and that preference would be given to ‘freshers’ who were making their debut in politics. In an informal chat with presspersons, he expressed confidence that people definitely wanted a change and were only waiting to give the PRP a chance in the ensuing elections. “Notwithstanding unbridled criticism from all political corners, our leaders are working with the people, explaining to them what they could expect if they cast their vote for the Praja Rajyam,” he reiterated. Referring to a recent pre-poll survey by a television channel, which forecast a poor show by the Praja Rajyam and a thumping victory for the Congress, party vice-president C. Anjaneya Reddy expressed the opinion that there should be ban on pre-poll surveys for atleast 90 days before elections, on the lines of the restriction on exit polls.
The election manifesto of Praja Rajyam is all set to be released on Tuesday.
Party sources say that the manifesto release will take place at the Samara Sankharavam public meeting to be held here today.
Party top leaders are attending this public meeting, as it has assumed significance in the entire Godavari districts.
Praja Rajyam leaders have put their brains together to match other political parties in announcing attractive promises to people. It is known the TDP and the Congress are competing in this already
Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi is going to address Sankharavam, his first public meeting in Godavari districts in Rajahmundry on Tuesday at 5 p.m. A host of party leaders, including Tammineni Sitaram, Nagendra Babu, Allu Aravind, Siva Sankar, Devender Goud, K.S.R. Murthy, Upendra and others will participate in the meeting in which five lakh people are expected to attend.
On Monday, Seetharam, Jakkampudi Chinni, urban convener Challa Sankar Rao, district co-convener Lieutenant Murthy Jasti visited Lalacheruvu spinning mill grounds where final arrangements are being made for public meeting.
“First we thought of organising public meeting at Arts College grounds. But, election code did not allow us to conduct there. So, we have selected this ground,” said district convener Chakravarti.
A large number of people from West Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts are also expected to participate in the meeting.
The party named the venue of the meeting as Bapurao Phule grounds and stage was named after Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.
The party workers are making arrangements for huge stage to accommodate 200 people. A separate stage is being arranged for cultural programmes.
Praja Rajyam Party urban convener Boppana Bhava Kumar has asserted that their party will win not less than 200 out of the total 294 Assembly seats in the State and Chiranjeevi will become the chief minister.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Mr. Bhava Kumar said that the silent wave of support for Chiranjeevi’s leadership would prove all surveys wrong and this would become a reality in this election. He reiterated his statement that their party would get considerably huge majority to form the Government on its own. Mr. Bhava Kumar dismissed the survey conducted by a private channel as just wishful thinking. He said that the PRP would win all the 16 Assembly segments in the district.