- Elections for 12 corporations will take place on March 10th
- Re poll, if any, will be held on March 13th
- Counting will be on March 14th
Amravati: Elections will be held on March 10th for all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and it will be for Vizianagaram, Greater Visakhapatnam, Eluru, Vijayawada, Machilipatnam, Guntur, Ongole, Chittoor, Kadapa, Tirupathi, Kurnool, and Ananthpur.
The fight is mainly between ruling party, YSRCP, and its main rival, TDP for these Corporation elections, all other parties were only limited in the race. Both parties are taking campaign to high voltage with mercury levels on rise in Andhra Pradesh. Chandrababu Naidu started his campaign from Kurnool and Nara Lokesh held meets with youth leaders at Vishakaptanam and carried road shows on hot day.
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All eyes are on Visakhapatnam which is going to be Executive Capital in few days as per Govt sources. With Capital issue on one side and agitations against Steel plant privatization, political parties are trying to gain upper hand by supporting State bandh called for on March 5th in support to Steel plant employers.
TDP is in the race for Vizag Municipal Corporation, but as days nearing for poll, it is slowly losing momentum. The entry of MP Vijayasai reddy is changing the fortunes of TDP as he is coming up with different agenda to make YCP win the Corporation. Vizag was a strong hold for TDP, but party is slowly losing its followers and key leaders who are migrating into YSRCP. Recent joining of Viswanath, who is a close aide of Ganta Srinivas Rao, proves the same. If the same situation runs for another three days, TDP may lose Vizag also as per political observers.
TDP is also in the race for Vijayawada Mayor Seat, but recent internal war is giving chance to YCP to gain the votes in wards and may win even the Mayor seat also. Kesineni Swathi is the candidate for Mayor Seat and how far rival group Bonda Uma and Budda Venkanna will extend full support will be known in coming days. TDP has also upper hand in Ongole and Vizianagaram, but it looks they are slowing creeping back and getting failed in attracting voters. This is all due to the lack of proper leadership in these corporations.
If the same scenario continues, there is no surprise if YCP wins all 12 Municipal Corporations, which geared top in recent Panchayat Elections. If it happens, Jagan will be on top chair once again.