Party’s aim is to sustain the momentum till general elections in 2019
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has begun focussing on various issues that are likely to pose challenges and mar winning prospects in general elections. Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), voter list and rejuvenating the cadre were a few key areas that the party has decided to focus upon.
In view of the response to the Dharma Porata Deeksha (struggle for seeking justice) against the Centre for denying Special Category Status and failing to keep promises made in AP Reorganisation Act, the TDP has decided to continue the momentum by organising these deekshas up to general elections in 2019. The TDP has also chalked out various programmes to reach out to the public. The TDP will also organise as many as 75 programmes in next nine months. “This is election time. We need to work very carefully and it is necessary for the party to win the elections in 2019,” was the message from TDP national president and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to rank and file of the party. Addressing the TDP coordination committee meeting on Tuesday, Mr. Naidu said that there were apprehensions about the functioning of the EVMs. The party workers have to be vigilant about misuse of the EVMs. The voter-verifiable paper audit trial (VVPAT) machines were introduced because of efforts of the TDP, he said.
Missing of voter names
Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu pointed out that there were reports that the Muslim voters’ names were deleted from electoral rolls in Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and other places.
Responding to it, the Chief Minister said that the leaders have to be careful and watchful and regularly check the electoral rolls. The leaders have to create awareness among Muslims, SC, ST and BC voters in this regard, he said.
Mr. Naidu, apart from participating in 75 programmes, would interact with the students in all 13 districts.
The TDP MPs will take part in a programme for every 15 days. The MPs were asked to conduct public meetings and agitations in front of Central government offices in Delhi. The party would conduct a meeting with MPs in Delhi by June- end.
The MPs would organise agitational programmes on the issues like Steel Plant in Kadapa, railway zone in Visakhapatnam, Petro Complex in Godavari districts, and Duggarajupatnam port.