‘Psephol­o­gist’ La­gada­p­ati will end pre­dic­tions, says KTR

Deccan Chronicle - - Politics - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Re­it­er­at­ing that the TRS would win 100 seats, care­taker min­is­ter K.T. Rama Rao on Satur­day said that on De­cem­ber 11, “so-called psephol­o­gist” La­gada­p­ati Ra­jagopal, who has al­ready taken “po­lit­i­cal sanyas”, will have to take “sur­vey sanyas” also.

Mr Rama Rao said the turnout of vot­ers was an in­di­ca­tion of the silent rev­o­lu­tion and the TRS would record a re­sound­ing vic­tory on Tues­day.

He said the cam­paign of TD pres­i­dent and AP Chief Min­is­ter N. Chan­drababu Naidu had caused huge dam­age to the Op­po­si­tion al­liance. “That is why Naidu’s pic­ture was re­moved from the ad­ver­tise­ments pub­lished two days be­fore the elec­tions,” he said.

Speak­ing to me­di­a­per­sons along with min­is­ters T. Srini­vas Ya­dav and Dr Laxma Reddy and TRS lead­ers at Te­lan­gana Bha­van, he said the peo­ple had voted for the TRS with a lot of en­thu­si­asm and thanked them.

Claim­ing that the vot­ing was one-sided in favour of the TRS, Mr Rama Rao said that as per the re­ports re­ceived from the party cadre, TRS can­di­dates would get the max­i­mum vote share in a ma­jor­ity of seats.

He said that the tremen­dous re­sponse dis­played by the peo­ple showed that they were sup­port­ing the devel­op­ment agenda of the TRS.

“Though sev­eral con­spir­a­cies were hatched against the TRS by the Congress-led al­liance for the past three months, the peo­ple re­jected the al­liances and sup­ported the TRS,” he said.

He said the Congress-led al­liance was ex­tremely weak and none of its lead­ers had a statewide ap­peal. “Even the as­pi­rants for the Chief Min­is­ter's post were so weak that they could not come out of their con­stituen­cies to cam­paign for the party,” Mr Rama Rao said.

Dis­miss­ing ap­pre­hen­sions that EVMs kept in strong rooms could be tam­pered with, he ad­vised party work­ers to be alert and be­gin cel­e­bra­tions only af­ter the count­ing of the last vote.

P. SUREN­DRA

Care­taker min­is­ter K.T. Rama Rao greets party col­league Talasani Srini­vas Ya­dav at Te­lan­gana Bha­van in Hyderabad on Satur­day. —

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