KCR changes strategy for Lok Sabha polls

KCR changes strategy for Lok Sabha polls
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Unlike in the Assembly elections, Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao has decided to adopt a different strategy in the Lok Sabha elections targeting to win 16 out of 17 seats in the state According to party sources, the TRS president has decided not to make early announcement of his party contestants which he had done during the Assembly elections KCR had announced the names of

Hyderabad: Unlike in the Assembly elections, Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao has decided to adopt a different strategy in the Lok Sabha elections targeting to win 16 out of 17 seats in the state. According to party sources, the TRS president has decided not to make early announcement of his party contestants which he had done during the Assembly elections. KCR had announced the names of the candidates for 105 Assembly constituencies at one go soon after the Assembly dissolved in September last year.

The elections were held in December and the candidates had got two months for the campaign.
In the Lok Sabha elections, the Chief Minister would delay the announcement of candidates. “Sir asked us to leave about the issue of candidates to him and wanted us to focus on increasing the voting percentage in villages. The leaders would be taking up campaign without any announcement of candidates,” said a senior TRS leader.

The TRS leader said that these elections were not based on individuals like the Assembly elections, where people vote based on his/her performance. People vote based on the party’s image in the Lok Sabha elections, hence KCR has decided to delay the announcement,” said the TRS leader.The TRS leader further said that the candidates announced during the Assembly elections complained that it had led to increase in expenditure. Some of the candidates delayed the campaign and started after the schedule of poll was announced.

Sources said that another reason for delaying the candidates was as the party needs to change candidates in at least half a dozen constituencies. During the Assembly elections, the Chief Minister retained most of the MLAs as candidates but in the Lok Sabha polls, he has decided to make changes. He would be going through the caste equations and strong leaders in the constituencies. KCR had already announced a few candidates during the Assembly elections itself.

He had appealed to the voters to vote for Kotha Prabhakar Reddy in Medak and Boora Narsaiah Goud in Bhongir Lok Sabha constituency. Recently, TRS working president K T Rama Rao had declared B Vinod Kumar as the candidate for the Karimnagar Lok Sabha, which is a sitting seat of the TRS. The constituencies where the party needs to change candidates include Peddapally, where Balka Suman was the sitting MP.

Suman was elected MLA from Chennur. Similarly, Ch Malla Reddy became MLA after resigning from the Malkajgiri Lok Sabha seat. The party has to change candidate in Chevella as the sitting MP Konda Vishweshwar Reddy joined the Congress. Apart from these, the party has decided to change candidates in Nagarkurnool, Nalgonda and Secunderabad Lok Sabha segments, not represented by the TRS.

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