Vijayamma makes successful foray into Telangana జూన్ 9, 2012Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, BJP, Congress, elections, Harish, Identity, JAC, Kakatiya, KCR, Mulki, Osmania, Palamur, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Settler, struggle, students, TDP, Telangana, TRS, universities, violence, Y S Jagan, YSR.
Tags: AICC, Geesukonda, Hanamkonda, Konda Surekha, odarpu yatra, Parkal byelection, Road show, sentiment, Sharmila, Sushma Swaraj, sympathy, Vijayamma, YSRC
Vijayamma makes successful foray into Telangana
Ravi Reddy, The Hindu, HYDERABAD, June 9, 2012
Public meetings of KCR in Parkal and Sushma Swaraj at Hanamkonda will be watched keenly against this backdrop
The successful foray by YSR Congress honorary president Y.S. Vijayamma into Telangana on Friday has turned to be a game changer in the by-elections to the Parkal Assembly.
The large crowds she drew at Geesukonda, a mandal headquarters, in the afternoon and in Parkal in the night have made the main contenders for the seat, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the BJP sit up and take note.
The public meetings proposed to be addressed on Saturday by TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao in Parkal and by BJP leader Sushma Swaraj at Hanamkonda will be watched keenly against this backdrop.
During their day-long campaign Ms. Vijayamma and her daughter Sharmila held forth on how they were being targeted by the ruling party while Congress leaders and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu got away after the CBI filed similar charges against them.
Ms. Sharmila avoided any reference to Telangana but Ms. Vijayamma was goaded by the crowd to express her views. She recalled late YSR’s statement that Telangana will come when it has to, but the region has to be developed on all fronts in the meantime. At Parkal road show, she elaborated further stating that when YSR was the CLP leader, 41 Congress MLAs led by G.Chinna Reddy had met the AICC president Sonia Gandhi demanding a decision on Telangana. She also said that during the YSR Congress plenary, Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy said it was the Centre, which had to take a decision. “If the Centre decides, it will not take more than a minute to announce separate Telangana,” she said.
The YSR Congress, in deference to the Telangana sentiment, did not field candidates in the by-elections to six seats in the region, she said. As a mark of respect for those who died for the cause of statehood and others losing the lives unable to bear the shock of tragic death of late YSR, one minute silence was observed.
Ms. Vijayamma said though her son Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy wanted to tour the region to console those families during his ‘Odarpu yatra’, he could not do so. Her smooth campaign was largely due to the decision of TRS not to obstruct her road shows.
Reacting to her road shows, Congress MPs Palvai Goverdhan Reddy and Ponnam Prabhakar besides Chief Whip Gandra Venkataramana Reddy said the turnout would not translate into votes.
APCC spokesperson B. Kamalakar Rao was confident that the division among pro-Telangana parties could turn advantageous to the Congress.
The ruling party lodged a complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer that Ms. Vijayamma led a 1,000-car convoy carrying huge amount of cash and liquor.
TRS MLA T. Harish Rao made light of the campaign, saying the response as poor. “Even a small crowd appears significantly large in the meetings addressed on the road side”.
The absence of enthusiasm among the people clearly exposed that it was mobilized crowd. Moreover, the YSR Congress leaders made no mention of the separate Statehood which was the benchmark for any election campaign in the region.