The Chief Electoral Officer, Dr.I.V.Subbarao told media that there will be separate information booths in several urban areas to give prior information to voters about the existence of their names in the voter list. Election Watch would be involved in the task of providing information.
The mainstream political parties have started segment-wise analysis of the winning prospects of their party candidates in the first phase of elections.
All the parties are convinced that they will win majority of the seats in the first phase and have an upper hand in the second phase of elections which will be held on April 23.
Speculative reports in the regional media, based on poll trends gave a clear lead to the Grand Alliance led by the Telugu Desam. Out of the 154 Assembly seats, the reports suggest that the GA will get anywhere between 100 to 110 seats. The lead is attributed to the successful promotion of the colour TVs and Cash Transfer Schemes. The reports prompted the TD chief, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, to issue advertisements in select vernacular newspapers thanking voters for “reimposing the confidence in him and thanking them for helping the party win.”
He also said the new schemes announced by him had gone well in the polls. The TD chief told party leaders to focus on the remaining seats without being complacent. The internal assessment of the party was that it will win 80 out of the 154 Assembly seats. It requires another 70 to get a majority.
On account of these projections, several Congressmen contesting the second phase of elections, enquired from their counterparts in Telangana about the prospects of the party.
Meanwhile, sources in the intelligence department gave a report on the poll trends orally to the Chief Minister. It gave 18 to 20 seats to the Congress in the north coastal region, and 40-45 seats in the Telangana region. It projected that the GA would have a small edge over the Congress in the Telangana region, and gave 60 seats to the alliance and another six to eight seats in the north coastal area.
KEY CONSTITUENCY: Tirupati
This temple town has been in the political limelight ever since Telugu megastar Chiranjeevi decided to contest from this prestigious Tirupati Assembly constituency.
In fact, it was from here last August that Konidela Chiranjeevi launched his ‘Praja Rajyam Party’ to capture power in Andhra Pradesh on the twin planks of ‘social justice’ and ‘social security.’
Significantly, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder, the late N.T. Rama Rao, chose the same constituency to make his electoral debut in 1983, when he went on to break the Congress’ hegemony in the State.
Mr. Chiranjeevi is also contesting from Palacole in his native West Godavari district to satisfy ‘local sentiment,’ but says his candidature in Tirupati is to fulfil ‘divine sentiment.’
The entry of ‘Chiru,’ as he is fondly known by his fans, has pepped up what otherwise have been a sedate contest in a constituency in which the Congress and TDP have shared the honours almost equally.
With its four lakh population, the town is fast emerging as a major educational and economic hub. The burgeoning city has expanded so much that its peripheral areas have been delinked during delimitation exercise and annexed to the contiguous Chandragiri, once the capital of the Vijayanagara rulers.
Locking horns with the matinee idol are B. Karunakar Reddy of the Congress, a former Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam (TTD) Board Chairman and blue-eyed boy of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, and K. Sankar Reddy of the TDP, a close associate of former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and a former Tirupati Municipal Corporation chairperson. G. Bhanuprakash Reddy is the BJP candidate.
But for the ‘Chiru’ factor, the contest in Tirupati would otherwise be a neck and neck race between two formidable candidates of two equally formidable parties. Mr. Chiranjeevi is a huge crowd-puller; but it remains to be seen whether this will translate into votes.
The Congress and the TDP downplay the crowd factor as mere cinema glamour, but Chiru fans and members of his community — Balijas/Kapus who have thrown their lot behind him almost en masse — call it wishful thinking. Incidentally, the Balija community is the single largest in Tirupati, with 23,000 voters.
While Mr. Karunakar Reddy pins his hopes on the work he did for Tirupati-Tirumala as TTD Chairman, Mr. Sankar Reddy, the former civic chief, is confident that his developmental work will see him through.
Mr. Chiranjeevi’s image and the PRP’s hype has taken a beating in the last one week after resignations by senior party leaders alleging huge kickbacks in the allotment of party tickets to business tycoons. But, the ‘Chiru’ factor is too big to be ignored.
Over 31 million voters will Thursday decide the political fortunes of 2,148 candidates in 22 Lok Sabha and 154 assembly constituencies in the first phase of polls in Andhra Pradesh.
The election authorities have made elaborate arrangements for smooth and free and fair polls in all 10 districts of Telangana including Hyderabad and the north coastal Andhra, comprising three districts bordering Orissa.
The ruling Congress party and the four-party Grand Alliance led by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) are locked neck and neck in the poll battle which has the Praja Rajyam party of superstar Chiranjeevi also in the fray seeking to prove itself as the third major political force.
As the state is notorious for distribution of cash and liquor by political parties to buy votes, the poll officials and the police are keeping a tight vigil. The police have already seized over Rs.250 million (Rs.25 crore) in cash and huge quantity of liquor across the state in searches of vehicles during last two weeks.
The police Tuesday seized Rs.12.6 million (Rs.1.26 crore), the highest in a single day. ‘Attempts are being made to distribute cash and liquor but we are on alert to foil them,’ said state Chief Electoral Officer I.V. Subba Rao.
Police, income tax and excise authorities are maintaining tight vigil at 752 check posts opened for areas going to polls in the first phase.
Under the first phase, more than 31.2 million (3.12 crore) voters, half of them women, will decide the fortunes of 315 candidates for Lok Sabha and 1,833 candidates for assembly elections.
The official said 36,320 polling booths were set up for the first phase of polls. ‘We are using 72,972 electronic voting machines in these booths,’ he said. The polling time is 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As many as 60,947 policemen and 123 companies of central paramilitary forces like Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Border Security Force (BSF) have been deployed as part of the massive security arrangements. There will be 3,530 mobile parties, 984 striking forces and 353 special striking forces to maintain peace and deal with any eventuality.
The authorities are also using four helicopters to ferry men and material to inaccessible areas. They have identified 2,109 troublesome, 4,848 sensitive, 3,090 hyper-sensitive and 2,337 extremist affected polling stations.
Though there is no threat from Maoists, the authorities are not taking any chances. Police officials said the election were being held without any threat of Maoist violence in Telangana, which was once the stronghold of Maoists. However, the police are on high alert on the borders with Chhattisgarh and Orissa border in view of the recent incidents of Maoist violence in neighbouring states.
Prominent among the candidates for Lok Sabha elections include union ministers S. Jaipal Reddy, Renuka Chowdary and D. Purandareswari, All India Congress Committee secretary Madhu Yaskhi Goud, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhara Rao, film actress Vijayashanti of TRS, TDP leader K. Yerran Naidu, CPI national secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy, Praja Rajyam vice-president T. Devender Goud, Praja Rajyam general secretary Allu Aravind and state BJP president Bandaru Dattatreya.
The key candidates for assembly elections include state Congress president D. Srinivas, assembly speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy and several state ministers.
The second phase of polls on April 23 will cover 20 Lok Sabha and 150 assembly constituencies in south coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema.
Here is good news for voters who did not get voter identity cards. The Election Commission has decided to allow genuine voters to exercise their right to vote even if they do not have identity cards.
However, the voters should produce any other photo identity card specified by the Election Commission before the polling officer to exercise their right to vote.
Chief Electoral Officer I V Subba Rao said that the voters can go and exercise their right to vote if they find their name and voter ID number in the election commission website.
He also said that the voters can exercise their right to vote by producing any one of the following documents before the polling officer.
Pan card with photo
Identity card issued by the state or central government
Post office or bank pass book
House site patta or registered document containing the photograph of the voter
Freedom fighter identification card
Physically handicapped certificate
National Rural Employement Guarantee Scheme card
Health insurance card
ATM card with photograph
The elections in Andhra Pradesh have been to be hold on in dual phases on 16th and 23rd of Apr for both Andhra Pradesh public and Indian parliament.
The election elect of Andhra Pradesh has taken huge stairs to enroll authorised electorate and embody the names of authorised electorate in the voter list of Andhra Pradesh.
Voters have to check their names in the Andhra Pradesh voter list accessible at the executive website of Andhra Pradesh choosing elect at www.ceo.ap.gov.in. Voters have to lift their voter id label to opinion in the elections in Andhra Pradesh. Voters with out voter id label can still opinion if they have their name in the voter list of Andhra Pradesh. Those with out voter label and their name in the voter list in Andhra Pradesh can expel their opinion by display print id label released by any state or executive supervision group similar to pass port, vessel card, allotment label or pushing license.
The Chief Minister, Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, has called upon the people not to believe the hallow promises of the Grand Alliance as they have no credibility.
He told mediapersons here on Wednesday that present elections are being fought on the Congress credibility and the opposition parties’ policies of betrayal. He said the Congress had won the credibility of the people during the last five years and promised to implement the welfare schemes fool-proof if voted to power.
Besides continuing the old promises, he said, the Government would enhance the quota rice from the present 20 kg to 30 kg and free power from seven hours to nine hours to the farmers.
He cautioned the voters not to give in for freebies promised by all-free Chandrababu. He also doubted the credibility of the Left parties, which criticised Chandrababu day in and day out till the other day, for siding with him with the sole aim of unseating the Congress.
Describing the manifesto as Geeta, Bible and Quran, the Chief Minister said the TD had made a mockery of their manifesto by not fulfilling any of its promises. Mr N Chandrababu Naidu, who had ascended to the power after stabbing his father-in-law late N T Rama Rao in the back also had given a go-by to the late leader’s welfare schemes. Later Naidu introduced schemes like Adarana, Roshni and Mundadugu, etc., but conveniently buried them.
Saying that all the surveys favoured the Congress, the Chief Minister said usually the surveys are conservative by nature and they take anti-incumbency factor while calculating the seats. Though all surveys predicted 140-170 seats, but he is confident the Congress would secure 230 seats.
On separate Telengana, the Chief Minister said the Congress never betrayed the people of Telangana. The issue was left to the second State Reorganisations Committee and the same was incorporated in our last manifesto for which TRS also agreed. “We still abide by that decision”, he added.
According to a countrywide survey conducted for The Week magazine, the UPA is expected to get 234 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections with Congress emerging as the single largest party with 144 seats.
The survey has projected 186 seats for the opposition NDA with BJP being victorious on 140 seats, while the Third Front will be cornering 112 seats.
The Week-CVoter survey projected senior BJP leader L K Advani as the best choice for the post of Prime Minister with the backing of 15 % of those interviewed followed closely by incumbent Manmohan Singh, who found favour with 14% participants.
Among the UPA ranks, the Congress has been predicted to win 144 seats followed by Samajwadi Party (32), NCP (13), DMK and allies (13), Trinamool Congress (11), RJD-LJP (15), UDF (2), National Conference (3) and JMM (1).
In the NDA, the BJP is projected to win 140 seats followed by JD(U) (18), Shiv Sena (12), Asom Gana Parishad (5), Akali Dal (5), RLD (4) and INLD (2).
Among the Third Front, Left parties are projected to win 33 seats followed by BSP (29), AIADMK and allies (24), TDP/TRS (14), BJD (9), JDS (2), HVM (1), Chiranjeevi’s fledgling PRP (2) and others (9).
DICHPALLI (NIZAMABAD): Praising the late prime minister Indira Gandhi for her straightforward politics, Prajarajyam Party president Chiranjeevi said chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy would have not continued in his post had Indira Gandhi been alive today.
Addressing the last public meeting before the first phase of election at Dichpalli on Tuesday, Chiranjeevi alleged that YSR keeps AICC president Sonia Gandhi in good humour by sending wads of currency. “Whenever she comes she heaps praises on YSR only because of the briefcases being sent by the CM to Delhi,” he charged.
Hitting out at the opposition parties’ criticism on PRP’s social justice plank, he said for the first time in Indian political history, 104 seats have been allocated to BCs and six SC/STs candidates accommodated in general seats. “Is it not social justice?” he thundered.
He blamed both the ruling Congress and the TDP of failing to give much seats to BCs who constitute 50 per cent of the state’s population. Earlier addressing a public meeting at Nehru Park in Nizamabad town, the PRP chief said the budgetary allocation for AP Minority Finance Corporation would be hiked to Rs 1000 crore from Rs 180 crore if PRP is voted to power.
Banjara Hills police on Tuesday seized Rs 5 lakh in cash from an election campaigning vehicle of TRS’ Medak Lok Sabha candidate Vijayashanti at Kamalapuri Colony.
At about 7 pm, police intercepted a Tata Safari (AP9 EX T/R 5299) as part of the vehicle-checking exercise at Kamalapuri Colony.
During the inspection, police found bundles of currency amounting to Rs five lakh in the handbag of one K Srinivasa Rao, 39, who was sitting in the rear seat of the vehicle, Banjara Hills inspector of police Iqbal Siddiqi said.
Srinivasa Rao is a make-up artiste from Avanti Nagar in Erragadda. As he could not give proper explanation for the source of the money, police seized the cash and the vehicle under section 102 (power of police to seize certain property) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
During investigation, police found that the vehicle belonged to one Jayanthi Rao of Goshamahal and the returning officer of the Medak parliamentary constituency had issued permission to use the vehicle for campaigning purposes of Vijayashanti or her agent.
In a related development, the enforcement wing of the Dhoolpet excise police station, raided a house in Upper Dhoolpet and seized 148 beer bottles and 40 Bagpiper whisky bottles worth Rs 20,000. The officials arrested one Ashok and booked cases against him, said excise superintendent K Satyanarayana.