Praja Rajyam – Star without the shine ఏప్రిల్ 15, 2009Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, elections, Identity, PRP, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
PRP losing fizz in key bastions
12 Apr 2009, Harie (TNN)
Hyderabad: At a time when the entire apparatus of the Praja Rajyam Party should be plugging loopholes in its electioneering campaign for the first phase of elections scheduled for April 16, the party is busy washing its dirty linen in public following a string of serious allegations like betrayal, match-fixing and sale of tickets hurled by senior leaders and party well-wishers. Visakhapatnam during the first phase where elections would be held on April 16 for 22 parliamentary and 152 assembly constituencies in the state.
The total electorate during Phase I poll is around 3.11 crore. S Rehman (Visakhapatnam North), Palla Srinivas Rao (Visakhapatnam LS) and Kimidi Ganapati Rao (Vizianagaram LS) joined the PRP for various political reasons arising out of the local caste and community equations.Araku ST, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and Anakapalli , where the fight is primarily between the Congress and TDP. An exception could be Anakapalli LS aspirant PRP general secretary and treasurer Allu Arvind, who has been going all out to woo PRP rebels and outsmart two of his strong contenders N Surya Prakash Rao of the TDP and Sabbam Hari of the Congress, with the family’s cine glamour.
Praja Rajyam would be testing its strength in ten Telangana districts and three north coastal districts including Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and
Starting off with the three north coastal districts, the PRP saw this area as one of its bastions following large scale exodus from the TDP over the past six months. Several leaders like Tammineni Sitaram (Amadalavalasa), Kimidi Kala Venkata Rao (Etcherla), Kambala Jogulu (Rajam-SC), Ganta Srinivasa Rao (Anakapalli),
However, most of the above mentioned PRP leaders are all set to bite the dust as strong candidates have been fielded against them by the opposition parties from the BC and ST communities. Same is the case with the five parliamentary seats of
In Srikakulam and Vizianagaram, caste equations and community leanings have a major role to play with Srikakulam LS witnessing a close finish between TDP strongman Yerrannaidu and Congress DCC chief Killi Krupa Rani. It is reported that any minor shift in PRP vote could alter the equations of either aspirants. But this would in no way help the PRP and it has to be satisfied with a third place.
Similar is the case in Visakhapatnam, where PRP candidate Palla Srinivasa Rao is pitted against two political heavy weights – Union minister of state for HRD Daggubati Purandeswari and TDP’s M V V S Murthy. In Araku (ST), the PRP has fielded Meenaka Simhachalam, who has an uphill task against Congress candidate Kishore Chandra Suryanarayana Deo and M Babu Rao of the CPM. Though in most places, it is being projected as a triangular contest, the fact remains that PRP is fighting a losing battle to end up in second or third position.
Strangely, what was seen as a dent for the TDP and Congress in these three districts, with earlier indications pointing to the PRP bagging nearly 25 of the 34 assembly seats here, has changed radically with the PRP poll forecast slipping to as low as six seats. Unlike the predictions made six months ago, the PRP has been relegated to the third place for a variety of factors, including the presence of strong rebel candidates.
Despite meticulous planning and extensive media exposure, Chiranjeevi has not been able to convince a majority of people across the spectrum that the grass is greener in his Praja Rajyam than in the Congress or TDP. “The party in the present situation can be assured of 13 to 18 per cent vote, mostly from first-time voters and his admirers,” said a political analyst.
A PRP poll manager admitted that though Chiranjeevi wanted to shake the opposition parties through his plank of social justice, the momentum gradually lost fizz after he failed to elaborate on the subject. Instead, he alerted the opposition parties to pull up their socks, is what party insiders say