Andhra Pradesh will witness another poll battle. With Minister Botsa announcing that the government is ready to hold the municipal elections in February, all parties are gearing up for the big fight. Both YSRCP and TDP have cadre-based strength in all 13 districts. However, Jana Sena looks weak at the grass-root level. Coming to BJP, this party has set up its network at booth level. As Communist parties do not have considerable presence, it appears they will support the ruling party or other parties depending on the local situation.
YSRCP has already started analyzing its strengths and weaknesses at the division and ward level across the state. Constituency incharges have started visiting their respective areas. They are first figuring out at the ward level as to who are the beneficiaries of government’s welfare schemes. They are identifying the wards where the party is strong. They are also checking which social group is strong in which ward and identifying individuals who are economically strong and have socially clean record.
With reports that the local body elections may be held any time, TDP has already alerted its cadres. Party’s leadership is in touch with constituency incharges. The party leadership already said to given clear instruction that suitable candidates should be identified and all details should be prepared. Those who already contested corporation and municipal elections are making all preparations. They are raising this during Chandrababu’s visit to various districts.
Jagan government is ready to implement welfare schemes in the name of Navaratnas through village volunteer system. An action plan is being prepared to see that every family gets some benefit. The benefits will start reaching the people from January. There is a buzz in the ruling party that once the process is completed, the poll bugle for municipal elections will be sounded in February. Over all it will be interesting to see the results to be the elections to be held even before completion of Jagan government’s one year.