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Withdraw or face action: TDP,Cong to rebel candidates

Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu today appealed to rebel party candidates,who filed their nominations....

Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu today appealed to rebel party candidates,who filed their nominations and are still in the fray even after their constituencies were allotted to Grand Alliance partners,to withdraw immediately. Naidu also told them that they could face disciplinary action if they failed to do so.

In a teleconference,Naidu told the 11 candidates — who after being denied tickets went ahead and filed nominations either as Independents or on the TDP tickets originally allotted to them — that if the Grand Alliance partners contested against each other,their chances of winning would be diminished. Naidu reminded them the TDP aligned with the TRS,CPI and CPM to defeat the Congress and that would not be possible if they did not present a united front.

“You will face disciplinary action if you don’t withdraw your nominations immediately,” Naidu said.

The warning to the rebel candidates came within an hour of The Week-Team C Voter survey predicting that the TDP may get 106 seats. The survey also predicted that the Congress would get 124 seats and the Praja Rajyam Party,57.

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The mood at the NTR Trust Bhavan,the headquarters of the TDP,was upbeat when the survey results were announced although TDP would be a long way from getting a majority.

The survey results also prompted a worried Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president (APCC) D Srinivas to warn Congress rebels contesting against the official nominees to withdraw their nominations.

Angry at being denied tickets,some party hopefuls of the Congress,Grand Alliance and PRP went ahead and filed nominations as Independents. This happened mostly in constituencies in which the parties,after declaring their first lists,had decided to nominate other candidates later.

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In the case of the Grand Alliance,the TRS went ahead and announced its list of candidates without consulting the other partners,resulting in some dissatisfaction within the ranks of partners TDP,CPI and CPM.

In both the Congress and TDP,some party members were given the B-forms initially,but were later asked not to contest.

Instead of returning the forms,they went and filed their nominations against the official nominee. In fact,the parties revised their candidates list so many times that there was chaos regarding who was finally nominated in the disputed constituencies.

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The TRS revised its list nine times while the Congress made four changes. Many candidates who found their names in the first list discovered they were no longer contesting.

Only a day after the last day of filing nominations forms was it clear who had been fielded from the disputed constituencies.

First published on: 04-04-2009 at 12:02:25 am
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