Polls to local bodies will prove the grassroots strength of each party and will hold sway over the Assembly elections.
HYDERABAD: The Key political parties in the State whose only job seems to have been criticising each other have now shifted their focus to a different task altogether. The announcement of local body elections for thousands of villages and Mandal and Zilla Parishads of the State in June is giving sleepless nights to these political bosses.
With an objective to secure majority number of seats in the local body elections, the key political players have given up complaints and begun to prepare strategies to outnumber each other. All the important political parties like ruling Congress, opposition Telugu Desam Party, YSR Congress, TRS, BJP and the Left parties know the crucial nature of local polls which will have a decisive say in the ensuing General Elections.
Most of the headquarters of these parties have turned into beehives of activities. Congress party has decided to hold its extended meeting on May 22. Speaking to Postnoon APCC spokesperson Dr N Tulasi Reddy said nothing matters more than the local body polls. “The meeting will set an agenda for all leaders but it will also act as a platform to devise innovative strategy to defeat anti-incumbency factor.”
The main opposition TDP has primarily decided to come up with an action plan to face the local body elections during its annual conference, Mahanadu, which is scheduled to be held on May 27 and 28. It is coming up with a series of resolutions related to various issues including glaring public problems during the annual conference. The conference is expected to be participated by thousands of party workers. On the other hand, other parties like the YSR Congress Party and the BJP are holding an extended meeting of party’s State committee on May 17.
For the YSRCP, the local body elections have become a challenge to keep its dominance in Andhra and Rayalaseema, where the party enjoys massive public support. Similar is the case with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi in the T-region.
The party president K Chandrasekhara Rao has already kicked off the process of training party workers in 119 Assembly constituencies of the Telangana region with a view to prepare these workers not only for the local body elections but also utilize their services in the General Elections.