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AP: Political parties get into election mode

May 28, 2007 13:46 IST

Elections to the Lok Sabha and Andhra Pradesh Assembly may be two years away, but every party in the state appears to be busy planning its election strategy and wooing the electorate.

Be it conducting conferences and conventions or coming out with tall claims and promises, the parties are vying with one another to get a stronghold in the minds of the voters.

Besides, most parties are also playing the Telangana card game, hoping to cash in on the sentiments of the people of the backward region.

The ruling Congress recently held 'Re-dedication Day', during which the party's second-rung leaders and workers were mobilised on a large scale and told to start working for the success of the party in the 2009 polls.

Party leaders, including Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and PCC chief K Keshava Rao, told the functionaries that they should fan out to villages and create awareness among the masses about the achievements of the government and the development programmes taken up by it.

Sending across a clear message, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh told the gathering that the 'honeymoon is over and hard days are ahead'.

Dr Reddy was confident of winning the votes of farmers, banking on the provision of free power, waiver of their past electricity dues, issue of fresh loans to defaulters and lessees of land, and bringing a crore acres of dry land under irrigation with the help of ongoing projects.

Closely following the Congress, the Telugu Desam Party is holding its 'Mahanadu' (conference), which incidentally coincided with the silver jubilee celebrations of the party.

The party, which had mobilised over 15,000 party workers at the temple town Tirupati, the venue of the conference, was tutoring them to publicise the 'misdeeds' of the rulinng party, including 'bribes for awarding contracts for irrigation projects'

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