TS re­sults to have bear­ing on Naidu


Deccan Chronicle - - Front Page - S.N.C.N. ACHARYULU I DC

The Te­lan­gana elec­tions re­sults will have im­pact the polls in neigh­bour­ing Andhra Pradesh where the polls are due in April next year along with Lok Sabha elec­tions.

AP po­lit­i­cal lead­ers are await­ing as ea­gerly as their TS coun­ter­parts, the re­sults on Tues­day.

The ef­fect will be felt more par­tic­u­larly on TD pres­i­dent and AP Chief Min­is­ter N. Chan­drababu Naidu who took an ac­tive role in the cam­paign. It may sig­nif­i­cantly tell on his per­sonal fu­ture in na­tional pol­i­tics and the for­tunes of the Tel­ugu De­sam in AP. There could even be po­lit­i­cal changes in AP based on the TS Assem­bly re­sults.

The peo­ple in Andhra Pradesh, and pun­ters in par­tic­u­lar, are await­ing De­cem­ber 11, when the re­sults of Fri­day’s Te­lan­gana state Assem­bly elec­tions will be de­clared.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, crores of ru­pees have been com­mit­ted to bet­ting by the peo­ple who en­thu­si­as­ti­cally place bets on a va­ri­ety of de­vel­op­ments. The TS elec­tion comes on the thresh­old of the Sankranti bet­ting sea­son next month. The bet­ting rings are re­port­edly be­ing op­er­ated from Hyderabad.

Ac­cord­ing to a source, pun­ters are di­rectly plac­ing bets with or­gan­is­ers while oth­ers are us­ing the ser­vices of sub­agents. A punter on the con­di­tion of anonymity said most peo­ple were bet­ting on the TRS win­ning 61 seats — the half­way mark.

He said that ear­lier book­ies used to pay 50 per cent ex­tra on the bet­ting amount to win­ners but they were now of­fer­ing 100 per cent ex­tra. With this ad­di­tional en­cour­age­ment, peo­ple from Vi­jayawada, Gun­tur, Eluru, Visakhapatnam, Nel­lore and other ar­eas were plac­ing bets worth laks of ru­pees.

A source said peo­ple were bet­ting on the re­sults of Kukat­pally and Ko­dan­gal seats from where N.T. Rama Rao’s grand-daugh­ter Nan­damuri Suhasini and TPCC work­ing pres­i­dent A. Re­vanth Reddy con­tested the elec­tions.

With all TV chan­nels pro­ject­ing the TRS as an easy win­ner, huge bets have been placed on the party to re­tain power. But af­ter it be­came known that for­mer MP La­gada­p­ati Ra­jagopal had pre­dicted a Peo­ple’s Front vic­tory, peo­ple placed bets on the Op­po­si­tion al­liance as well.

Tel­ugu De­sam lead­ers who cam­paigned in var­i­ous Assem­bly con­stituen­cies for the Te­lan­gana elec­tion are happy that at least one sur­vey has pre­dicted an Op­po­si­tion vic­tory.

TD lead­ers are con­tact­ing their coun­ter­parts in the TS unit of the party and other con­stituents of the Pra­jaku­tami to know the pulse of vot­ers.

There is a per­sonal stake as well as there are fears that the blow­back from the Te­lan­gana state elec­tions could be felt by TD pres­i­dent and AP Chief Min­is­ter N. Chan­drababu Naidu who cam­paigned with great in­ten­sity.

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