100 prominent leaders who joined PR to get ticket
Prominent leaders who have switched their loyalties from other parties to the Praja Rajyam will not be a disappointed lot.
The PR leadership has decided to accommodate all such leaders — MLAs and MPs who have quit their posts as also veteran leaders who occupied key posts in other parties earlier — while giving tickets for the forthcoming elections to the State Assembly and Lok Sabha. It has prepared a list of about 100 such leaders and a majority of them are likely to find their names in the candidates’ list.
Even as the other opposition parties are working overtime to resolve the differences over seat sharing, the PR leadership is gearing up to release the first list of its candidates by March 10.
Unlike the other parties for which proportionate representation in line with their strength has become a contentious issue, the task for the PR leadership is much simpler as the “party already has a list of serious contenders.”
“People like former MLAs — B. Vedavyas, Vangaveeti Radhakrishna and Tammineni Sitaram — and former MP Bhuma Nagi Reddy and people in public life like P. Shiv Shankar who quit their respective parties to join the PR are automatic choice,” a source said.
The party will then commence the selection process for the remaining seats following the concept of social justice and weaker sections. This, the party leaders assert, should not be a problem as the party has adequate representation of identified public personalities from these sections.
The PR leadership, however, needs to perform a balancing act when it comes to selecting candidates for the remaining seats as there is a stiff competition between aspirants with a political background and representatives of the fans associations.
Pawan Kalyan rapped on fluoride issue
CITU district president A. Raghunath Reddy on Wednesday alleged that Yuva Rajyam president Pawan Kalyan’s lack of comprehension was evident by his remarks at Nalgonda on Tuesday that there was be no fluoride problem in the Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s native district.
Nine villages in five mandals of Kadapa district have fluoride problem, but Yuva Rajyam president’s remarks was due to lack of awareness, Mr. Reddy alleged. Fluoride water problem was persistent in Eguva Nelatur and Gopireddipalle villages in Brahmamgari Matham, N. Palagiri and Sangalapalli villages in Veerapunayunipalle mandal, Akkampet and Kuppavaripalle village in Kamalapuram mandal, Gopaveedupalli and Gajulapet villages in Ramapuram mandal and Dugganapalli in Veeraballe mandal in Kadapa district, he said.
Some villages in Badvel and Pulivendula areas too had fluorosis. Mr. Pawan Kalyan should realise that the Chief Minister took no steps to resolve the fluoride problem in the nine villages of Kadapa district, Mr. Reddy said.
NTP, PR aspirants’ hopes dashed
The merger of Nava Telangana Party (NTP) into the Praja Rajyam has not brought cheers to workers of either party, but has only dashed the hopes of prospective candidates in the district.
The competition for Assembly tickets within the Praja Rajyam was intense. The merger compounded the woes the aspirants.
Speaking to The Hindu, Puli Sarangapani, a retired academic who held key-position in the NTP, agreed that there was intense competition for tickets. However, both the parties welcomed the merger. Mr. Sarangapani said the problem of dissidence would be less in Praja Rajyam compared to the established political parties. “A majority of aspirants are new to politics. Even if they sulk, they cannot harm the chances of the official candidates,” he contended.