Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu had led the team to meet the poll panel on Saturday afternoon to express concerns over alleged malfunctioning of voting machines in the first phase of elections, among other things.
TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu accused YSRCP of intimidating voters to reduce the voting percentage as it would benefit them. However, YSRCP leaders accused TDP leaders of beating up its polling agents to prevent YSRCP supporters from voting for their party.
The YSRCP manifesto promises many cash doles and benefits for marginalised sections, with a focus on women, farmers, daily wage workers, elderly, SCs, STs, BCs and minorities. The TDP has also promised almost similar sops.
“Although the TRS candidate is a novice, the party has gained ground in the Assembly elections. Except for Huzurnagar, the TRS won all the other six Assembly segments under Nalgonda Lok Sabha constituency,’’ said Krishna Reddy, a Congress campaign manager in Nalgonda.
Vijay was one of the five students who were expelled from their University of Hyderabad (UoH) hostel in December 2015 as punishment for allegedly assaulting an ABVP leader, following which his friend and fellow Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide on January 17, 2016.
It's no more about special status and all about sops. Still, in the first election in Andhra Pradesh since the state’s split, Chandrababu Naidu is battling hard to hold off Jagan in a contest where both have a lot at stake. The Indian Express travels through Andhra to find two parties closely tied, and a virtually absent Congress.
PM Modi also slammed the Opposition parties for ostensibly “belittling” Mission Shakti and “questioning” the airstrikes on terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot following the terror attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.
In 2014, the YSRCP’s Kothapalli Geetha had won the seat, but she later resigned and floated her own party. In the Assembly elections held simultaneously, of the seven segments falling under the Araku Lok Sabha constituency, the YSRCP had won six and the TDP Parvathipuram.
In 2014, BJP’s Hari Babu won against YSRCP’s Y S Vijayamma, mother of Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, mainly because of TDP support. The TDP had allotted the seat to the BJP as part of their seat-sharing agreement.
The elections had been held in a joint Andhra Pradesh then. Seat-wise, the tally stood at 11 of the 17 seats that now fall in Telangana for the TRS, two for the Congress, and one each for the YSR Congress Party, BJP, TDP and AIMIM.