TRS going all out to clinch victory in bypolls

Sangareddy, March 19: The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) is leaving no stone unturned in its bid to clinch victory in the bypolls for Siddipet Assembly segment.

Even before there is clarity on whether the rival parites would field their candidates for the polls in the segment, TRS candidate and former MLA T Harish Rao is busy implementing a two-pronged strategy to secure a thumping win.

Rao wants both the Congress and the TDP to contest the polls but ensure that the candidates lose their deposits and thereby prove that the Telangana sentiment is strong.

Apart from making the 86 villages in the constituency adopt unanimous resolution that they would vote only for Harish Rao, he is also trying to attract leaders of rival parties in the villages to join the TRS.

Rao had already seen to it that villagers of Tornala and Irukod in Siddipet mandal and Gatlamalya and Palakula in Nanganoor mandals took resolutions that they would cast their valuable votes only to Harish Rao who had quit his post for the cause of Telangana. The enthusiastic villagers even gave some money to the party asking Rao to use it for his campaign.

The people in the above four villages had accorded a warm welcome to the TRS leader during his visit earlier. The party leaders are making all attempts to ensure that 25 per cent of the villages in the constituency adopt unanimous resolutions on voting to Rao, by the time the notification for the bypolls is out.

According to sources, Harish Rao is also trying to force leaders of rival parties switch loyalties.

TDP leaders of Chinnagundavelli in Siddipet mandal had already resigned from the party primary membership and joined the TRS. The village leaders said they were quitting the party as their chief N Chandrababu Naidu had not announced his support to Telangana and their MLAs have not submitted their resignations for the cause of separate State.

The TRS functionaries and leaders are trying to emulate the same tactics in other villages. Harish Rao who had begun his political career with the 2004 bypolls won with a majority of 24,000 votes despite the presence of a strong rival. He is the nephew of TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao.

Since then he has been mingling with the people and submitted his resignation in 2008, in accordance with the party chief’s orders. However, he was re-elected in the bypolls with a majority of 58,953 votes — more than the 57,000 vote majority achieved by his uncle.

The Congress and TDP leaders lost their deposits in this bypoll. In 2009, Harish Rao won with a majority of 64,014 votes against his Congress rival.

——Agencies