For Naidu, Nandyal Is New Capital
Nandyal: AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has been camping in Nandyal here for the past three days. He is making whirlwind tours of the town and its suburbs, which are part of the Nandyal Assembly Constituency. He is showering on the constituency welfare schemes one after the other.
On Sunday, he set a victory margin of 50,000 for TDP’s win in the impending by-election and asked party rank and file to work towards the target. Naidu, who is staying in the local guest house, has also met his party leaders and asked them publicise developmental initiatives of the government and make sure that no vote goes out of the party.
He has ordered Minister Akhila Priya, MLC Farooq, senior leaders Nauman, A V Subba Reddy, Santaram and Sridhar Reddy to be on the streets from Monday. They would be in addition to a dozen other ministers, more than 25 MLAs and scores of the party senior leaders who have already been deployed. More: Amaravati To Be Part Of Curriculum From 2019
The Chief Minister held a review meeting with ministers K E Krishna Murthy, Somireddi Chandramohan Reddy, Kaluva Srinivasulu, N Amarnath Reddy and Akhila Priya in the bus that he is using to tour the Nandyal segment. He has directed party leaders, including ministers, to knock at every door, meet every voter and brief them about the welfare programmes of the government before seeking votes.
As the Nandyal by-election has to be completed by September, Election Commission is likely to release the poll schedule in the first week of August. Naidu wants to complete at least two rounds of campaign by then in an attempt to be comfortably placed.
The TDP chief has asked the party senior leaders to target YSR Congress, particularly Jaganmohan Reddy and his alleged corrupt activities, which is making the latter do the rounds of CBI courts every week. More: AP Forming Task Force To Prevent Drug Peddling
Naidu has categorically stated that TDP does not require any advisors or strategists, unlike YSR Congress. “No eyewash campaign. Penetrate deeper into the hearts of people. Take to them the welfare initiatives and win votes,” was the lesson he taught to his party leaders.