Chandrababu Naidu’s visit to Vizag puts Ganta Sreenivasa Rao in a fix

Highlights

  • TDP won four Assembly segments in Vizag city
  • GVMC polls likely in December or January
  • YSR Congress aims to win GVMC polls
  • Wards in GVMC will rise to 100 from 81

Visakhapatnam: With Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) elections likely to be conducted in December, TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu will be visiting Vizag for two days. He will be conducting constituency-wise reviews during his visit on October 10 and 11. He will interact with constituency leaders, cadres and will address them in a meeting.

However, Naidu’s visit to Vizag put former minister and Vizag North MLA Ganta Srinivasa Rao in a fix. Leaders of Vizag North led by Ganta held a meeting to discuss the visit at the party office here on Wednesday. TDP Urban Unit President SA Rehman presided over the meeting.

After discussing the itinerary, Rehman announced that the entire responsibility of the meetings and rallies would be managed by Ganta since his organisational capabilities are known to the party chief.

The announcement came as a rude shock to the North leaders and Ganta. The second rung leaders have been discussing Ganta Srinivasa’s plan to join YSR Congress or BJP, along with some MLAs and top leaders of TDP. Rehman’s announcement has put Ganta and others in a fix.

Some TDP leaders expressed that the party ignored the North constituency during their five years and most importantly the Simhachalam temple land issue. Though TDP promised to solve the problem and incorporated it in their manifesto, the party failed to address the land issue, they added

Others said they could not put flexi boards as it was difficult to get permission to place display boards in public. If party leaders obtain consent from GVMC, the arrangements in some places could be made, said Nazir, a TDP leader.

Most of them informed the leaders that party workers were not willing to participate in the rallies as they feared backlash from the ruling YSRCP. Most importantly, none of the leaders is willing to spend money for the party, mentioned a senior leader from the party. Naidu aims to extend moral support to his cadres through his visit. However, things are not in his favour, the leader added.

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