AP gets 24 days for campaign, 42 days for results

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The political parties and the voters have less time for campaign and more time to keep guessing on the results. The two Telugu States go for polling on April 11. While Telangana will have polls for the 17 Parliament constituencies, Andhra Pradesh will see the polling for 25 Parliament and 175 Assembly constituencies. The election is likely to be a one to one between the ruling Telugu Desam Party and the Opposition YSR Congress. While the TDP wants another term and is doing everything to retain the power, the Opposition YSR Congress is leaving no stone unturned to wrest power from the TDP this time. The party had lost power by just 1 per cent votes in 2014 elections and is not prepared to face one more defeat this time.

Jaganmohan Reddy had completed review of all the 25 Parliament constituencies, including the Assembly constituencies under those seats, the ruling TDP had completed the review of just 16 Lok Sabha constituencies. Chandrababu Naidu held review meeting with the party leaders and aspirants in these constituencies during the last two months and had planned the review of the rest a little later this month. They were anticipating the election schedule for the first week of March, either in the third or fourth phase. But the Telugu States were put in the first phase with the nominations starting on March 25, which left the parties unaware. They have just 24 days for the campaign, not even enough to cover the 25 Lok Sabha constituencies. This would give less chances for the parties to cover all the seats for campaigning.

However, the parties, candidates and even the voters have more time to wait for the results which are scheduled to be out on May 23. This would mean that they would be waiting for more days after the election than the campaign. The party leaders are upset over the less time given to them for campaign and see that as a conspiracy by the Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre. Though no party had dubbed this scheduled, particularly the ruling TDP, as adverse planning, the TDP leaders blamed the Modi government hand in listing Andhra Pradesh in the first phase. However, it is to be seen how the TDP would manage its electioneering in just 24 days.

Ram Tatavarthi
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Ram has been continuing in the journalism for the past 25 years. He started his career from Samacharam and worked for various print and electronic media houses like Eenadu, Andhra Bhoomi, the evening daily Sandhya, in cable, Andhra Prabha, Citi Cable, TV 9, CCC channel etc.. By having extensive experience in journalism and also by always keeping up to date with the latest technology he is now working as a freelance journalist.

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