The campaign for the first phase of polls in the State has come to an end on Tuesday. The first phase will cover 22 Lok Sabha and 154 Assembly seats spread over 14 districts of Telangana and north Coastal Andhra.
The first phase has Union Ministers S Jaipal Reddy from Chevella, Renuka Chwodary from Khamma and D Purandheswari from Visakhapatnam, whose fate would be sealed in the next 48 hours. Among other top contestants in the first phase, Lady Amitab, Vijayasanthi of TRS from Medak, T Devender Gowd of PRP from Malkajgiri, retired IPS officer, D T Naik, of PRP from Mahaboobabad, former Union Minister, P Shivasankar’s son, Dr P Vinay Kumar of PRP from Nizamabad, Allu Aravind of PRP from Anakapalli, Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy of CPI (Nalgonda), K Yerran Naidu of TD (Srikakulam), Surya daily editor N Suryaprakasa Rao of TD (Anakapalli), are testing their time against keen contest.
In the race for the Assembly, film star Jayasudha (Secunderabad), Assembly speaker K R Suresh Reddy (Armoor), APCC chief D Srinivas (Nizamabad Urban), Minister T Jeevan Reddy (Jagityal), Sabita Indra Reddy (Chevella) and a few others are locked in tough fight against the rivals.
The first phase will have several friendly contests by the alliance partners. The TD, TRS and the Left parties are contesting against each other at several places in defiance of the alliance. It is to be seen how these parties would be able to overcome the hurdles and win over the Congress.
Meanwhile, the NDTV survey, which was released on Monday, came in handy for the Congress leaders. Though the Telugu media downplayed the results of the NDTV survey, the pro-Congress media (Sakshi TV, Sakshi daily) tried to cash in on the results in a bid to turn the scene in its favour.
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