Naidu Lures Muslims In Nandyal, Gives MLC To Farooq
Nandyal: Even before the Election Commission issued notification for the Nandyal Assembly Constituency which fell vacant due to death of its MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy, ruling TDP supremo, N Chandrababu Naidu is leaving no stone unturned to win the seat. He is reaching out to every section of the voters in the segment with a wide range of welfare programmes. He is reaching out to every leader offering due recognition in the party and the government as well.
Naidu had already made three Ministers from his Cabinet to move their base to the constituency. He had also named 20 MLAs to stay back in the constituency till the elections are over. Everything he does is aimed at luring the voters and winning their votes. He is setting the ground ready for the party nominee, Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy, to win the seat.
In the process, Naidu had decided to give MLC post to the Nandyal strong man from the Muslim community, a former minister, N Md Farooq. As he could not accommodate a Mulsim in his Cabinet, Naidu is now proposing to make Farooq chairman of the Legislative Council, the post fell vacant on June 30 with the retirement of incumbent A Chakrapani of the Congress.
Farooq, who had been ignored by Naidu for all these years, had initially staked his claim for the party candidature for the by-poll is now overjoyed. He had met Naidu twice during the last two months and is now working all out for the party’s victory. With the MLC offer on hand, Farooq is wooing the Muslim voters in the segment. Besides him, Naidu is also sending the party Muslim leaders to meet the Muslim voters in the segment.
Interestingly, after the death of Lal Jan Basha, the TDP had lost the Muslim face in the party. It could not elevate a Muslim leader till date, though it has a handful of them. Now, Naidu plans to elevate Farooq to that position by making him the chairman of the Legislative Council.
The Chief Minister is rolling out a wide range of welfare programmes for the people in the segment. Cement roads to the villages, protected drinking water and tap connection to every home, individual toilet to every household and above all a two-bedroom house for all the eligible families. According to the sources, Naidu’s government had collected applications of over 20,000 families for the two-bedroom house. He is said to have promised every applicant that housing programme would start after the by-election indicating that they would get the houses only if the TDP wins the election.
The schemes and the games are all set rolling out and a tough battle is seen by everyone in the constituency with a Minister touring one village or the other, with a leader meeting one community or the other every day. And thus Naidu’s poll strategy continues winning the voters and hitting the rivals.