Muslims And Vysyas Hold Key In Nandyal Victory
Nandyal: It is one of the toughest fought battles in the state. As the campaign for the by-election is scheduled to end this evening, the two major parties are vying with each other to win the voters of Muslims and Vysyas. The two communities put together constitute around 75,000 of the total 2.19 lakh voters.
The ruling Telugu Desam Party has promised two prime posts for Muslims – the Nandyal Municipal chairman and the AP Legislative Council chairman. The TDP had already made its former Minister N Md Farooq an MLC just before the by-election schedule was released. He was made MLC in the Governor’s quota. The TDP, being in power, has also sent the first batch of Haj pilgrims last week and rolled out several welfare schemes, including marriage fund for the poor Muslim girls. The chief minister has promised to stand by the community and sought their votes for the by-poll.
Opposition YSR Congress Chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has promised to give MLC seat in 2018 to the Muslims. Besides this, he has nothing to give for the community right now, as he is in the opposition.
However, Jagan has successfully exposed the TDP for its failure to give place for Muslims in the cabinet. He had tried to create awareness in the community how the TDP had ignored them in the last three years and now shedding crocodile tears.
The other dominant community – Vysvyas – is equally silent in this election. The YSR Congress chief has promised to create a finance corporation for them when his party comes to power in 2019. He has also condemned the repeated raids on the business establishments of this community by the tax officials and promised harassment-free business.
The TDP chief did not promise this finance corporation, but said to have agreed to do something for the poor families from the community.
Both Chandrababu Naidu and Jagan Mohan Reddy have held series of meetings with the representatives of the two communities and have made several promises to them. Still, they remain silent and have not made any promises. It is to be seen whom these two communities would bless in the August 23 election.