ANDHRA PRADESH

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - NATION MYINDIAMYVOTE -

to come back to power in the state’s sec­ond assem­bly elec­tion. But peo­ple in the more in­te­rior, ru­ral re­gions of the con­stituency say Gajwel’s de­vel­op­ment has lim­ited it­self to the ur­ban and that agri­cul­tural dis­tress in par­tic­u­lar is a prob­lem.

“The ac­tual prob­lems still re­main – un­em­ploy­ment, farm­ers’ sui­cides due to crop loss and above all, the plight of peo­ple who are go­ing to be dis­placed due to con­struc­tion of Mal­lan­nasagar and Konda Pochamma reser­voir,” says Lak­shma Reddy, a young man. The govern­ment says it has paid ~ 6 lakh per acre as com­pen­sa­tion and is plan­ning to shift them to Mu­tra­j­palli near Gajwel. “But the mar­ket value of the land in Mu­tra­j­palli is more than ~ 1.5 crore per acre. How do we sur­vive?” asked Kanaka­iah.

An­other com­plaint some peo­ple have is that KCR has grown less ac­ces­si­ble. Some lo­cals said that KCR has not even cam­paigned in the con­stituency and his nephew, ir­ri­ga­tion min­is­ter T Har­ish Rao, has been en­trusted with the task of cam­paign­ing in Gajwel. “There is no need for KCR to cam­paign for him­self. The de­vel­op­ment is there for all to ex­pe­ri­ence and peo­ple will vote for him with ma­jor­ity,” said Har­ish. In 2014, KCR de­feated the Tel­ugu De­sam Party can­di­date Van­teru Pratap Reddy a mar­gin of 19,366 votes while Congress can­di­date T Narsa Reddy ended up in the third po­si­tion. Gajwel has 227,000 vot­ers.

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