PR claims it will get two-thirds majority
Prediction based on survey done for the party by an agency
A survey conducted by an unspecified agency on behalf of the Praja Rajyam has predicted a thumping majority for the party in the ensuing elections.
At a press conference here on Tuesday, party general secretary Parakala Prabhakar declined to name the agency and was content to say that it had impeccable credentials and repute.
According to a broad outline, the Praja Rajyam was set to win 90 and 80 seats in Coastal Andhra and Telangana, respectively, while in Rayalaseema, he said they would win in 30 to 35 Assembly constituencies.
On the methodology adopted, he said the forecast was arrived at after compiling inputs from 35,000 samples across all the 294 constituencies in the State. Giving details he said in 20 constituencies, the PR was expected to garner 50 to 60 per cent of the votes and in 40 constituencies, they were forecast to get 50 per cent, while in 60 Assembly segments the survey indicated it would get 40 to 45 per cent votes.
In 60 more seats, the PR would end up with 35 to 40 per cent of votes, it said.
In response to a question about the ‘grand alliance’, Mr. Prabhakar said that unless the TRS and the Left pledged on record and in public that would not meet up electorally with the Congress, they would get nowhere close to getting people’s faith.
Unless they did this, they would suffer as much as the Telugu Desam Party would, because they were yet to make their stand on statehood to Telangana clear, Mr. Prabhakar said.
Yuva Rajyam leader vows to work for party’s victory
Pawan Kalyan fans association district president Md. Arif Ahmed thanked the Yuva Rajyam State president and other district leaders for appointing him as the official spokesperson of the frontal unit of Praja Rajyam. Talking to newsmen here on Tuesday, he said that his matinee idol had recognised the social services taken up in the district since last 13 years and rewarded him with the post. “I would strive hard for the victory of Praja Rajyam in the coming elections,” he said.
Pavan Kalyan to tour Polavaram-hit areas
Yuva Rajyam chief Pavan Kalyan will be on a three-day tour in Khammam district from February 19. He will campaign for the Praja Rajyam Prty mainly in the tribal pockets of Bhadrachalam and Palvancha divisions facing the risk of submergence because of the Polavaram (Indra Sagar) project coming up on Godavari river. Some of the coal belt areas such Manuguru and Sathupalli are also in his tour programme.
He will reach Errampet village in Bhadrachalam division by helicopter on February 19. He intends to meet the tribal families who were expected to receive eviction notices because displacement caused by the Polavaram project in some 70 villages in the area.
To begin with, he will address meetings at different villages in Chintoor, Vararamachandrapuram and Kunavaram mandals in the day. He will address a public meeting at Bhadrachalam.
He will stay overnight at the temple town where he will address the PRP district committee on February 20 before leaving for Aswapuram.
The PRP had planned a roadshow at both Aswapuram and Mauguru towns. He will interact with the mining workers in the opencast mines at Manuguru. The PRP is planning to mobilize the party men and supporters in a big way for a public meeting scheduled at Palvancha on February 20. He will make a night halt at Palvancha.
He will campaign in Burgumpadu, Satrhupally, Wyra and Khammam areas on February 21, according to party sources.
Chiru’s Kurnool tour from today
Praja Rajyam president to take the same route covered by N. Balakrishna
The five-day whirl-wind tour of Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi will start on Wednesday in Dhone. The actor, who will arrive by helicopter, will kick off the campaign at Dhone and proceed to Bethamcharla, Banaganapalli, Koilkuntla and reach Allagadda by evening. He will take the same route covered by N. Balakrishna for the first two days.
A royal welcome awaits the actor at Allagadda where party convener Bhuma Nagireddy engaged a helicopter to shower flowers and pamphlets from the sky. The flower shower will be repeated when Mr. Chiranjeevi reaches Nandyal too.
On the second day, Mr. Chiranjeevi will pass through Padakandla, Narsapuram, Rudravaram, Sirivel, Govindapalli, Nandyal, Bandi Atmakur and Velugodu.
On the third day, he will cover Atmakur, Pamulapadu, Jupadu Bungalow, Nandikotkur and Kurnool.
On the fourth day, his roadshow will be on at Kodumur, Devanakonda, Pathikonda, Aspari and Aluru. On the last day, he will cover Adoni, Kautalam, Kosigi and Yemmiganur before flying back to Hyderabad.
Addepalli Sridhar aspires for PRP ticket
Addepalli Sridhar, practicing advocate in High Court and grandson of Ms. Addepalli Vivekananda Devi, who fought for women’s rights and freedom, has announced that he wants to contest from Rajahmundry Rural constituency, if Praja Rajyam Party gives him an opportunity.
Speaking to media on Tuesday, he said that he was born and brought up in Rajahmundry and completed his degree in government Arts college and then went to Visakhapatnam to complete his Bachelor of Law. He did his post-graduation in foreign trade in Delhi and became member of State Edcet from past three years and running a number of educational institutions in and around Rajahmundry.
Bhava Kumar is PRP city convener
Boppana Bhava Kumar, belonging to the Kamma community, has been appointed convener of the city unit of the Praja Rajyam Party (PRP), ending days of speculation on who would succeed Kesineni Srinivas (Nani), who stepped down from the post and resigned from the party after levelling serious allegations against party president Chiranjeevi and others.
Mr. Bhava Kumar celebrated the appointment along with hundreds of cadres and leaders at a function in the PRP office at Sikhamani Centre.
The PRP leadership has chosen a Kamma leader once again for steering the party in the city despite the controversy that arose in the appointment of Nani. The party leadership was said to have persuaded many leaders in different communities before appointing Mr. Bhava Kumar.
The PRP leadership also replaced district convenor Muttamsetti Vijaya Nirmala, who was embroiled in controversy following her showdown with Mr. Nani, with Arepalli Ramesh, Pamarru ZPTC member.