With polling for the 13th Assembly in the State getting over today, the Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) is hoping to become a king-maker in governmentformation.
It expects to win at least 105 seats across the State and hopes that there will be a hung Assembly. Under such circumstances, the PRP would become the kingmaker and decide who should form the next government.
The PRP office in Hyderabad remained silent without any activity while the other two major parties — the TDP and the Congress — celebrated the occasion claiming that victory was theirs.
Though PRP leaders turned up at the party office, they stayed away from the media and hesitated to make any comment on the second phase of polling.
PRP president Chiranjeevi, who’s contesting the Tirupati Assembly constituency, remained in Tirupati observing the polling patterns throughout the day. He was scheduled to go to Palacole in the morning, come back to Tirupati by afternoon and return to Hyderabad.
But, he stayed back in Tirupati in the backdrop of yesterday’s incidents.
The PRP leaders hope to do well in the second phase as the turnout of women voters was phenomenal in the coastal Andhra districts.
PRP political affairs committee member P Upendra stated that youngsters and women had voted in the PRP’s favour.
“The turnout of women and youth was very good. In fact, the youth outnumbered elders. All the youth have voted for us. The women votes should go either to the TDP or come to us. My feeling is that women have voted in our favour,’’ Upendra reasoned.
The PRP hopes to win about 70 seats in the second phase and with 35 seats in the first phase, its tally may reach 105. The expectation of the party leaders is that the Congress and the TDP might get about 110 to 120 seats each, resulting in a hung Assembly. They feel happy as the party managed to put up a better fight in the second phase than the first. According to them, Chiranjeevi is going to win with impressive margins from Palacole and Tirupati.
The PRP has done very well in East and West Godavari districts and Krishna district, the party leaders opine.
They expect to win about six parliamentary seats. According to them, the PRP will win Anakapalli, Kakinada, Narasapuram, Machilipatnam, Guntur and Rajampeta parliamentary constituencies.
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