Hyderabad: TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao put the onus of selecting TRS candidates and getting them elected in the ensuing municipal elections on the MLAs. He predicted smooth sailing for the party in all 120 municipalities and 10 municipal corporations, but warned against any laxity in fulfilling their responsibilities on the part of the legislators, especially Ministers, failing which stringent action will be initiated.
In a marathon extended party meeting of TRS at Telangana Bhavan for over five hours on Saturday, the TRS president gave directions to the leaders on the party’s strategy for the municipal polls as well as their responsibilities towards the party. “All our survey reports indicate a thumping victory for TRS in a majority of municipalities. People are ready to vote for TRS candidates only if we remind them about the State government’s welfare and development programmes. The party leaders must conduct door-to-door campaign to reach out to every voter in urban areas,” he said.
Chandrashekhar Rao suggested that the legislators hold municipality-wise informal meetings with the party activists and discuss strategies for winning the elections. While the party will provide details of the registered party members, the MLAs were asked to involve all the registered party members in electoral campaign. “Even if the party workers and those who benefited from the government initiatives vote for TRS, the party will win all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs),” he said.
“The number of welfare schemes being implemented by the State government are nowhere to be seen in other States. At least 40 lakh people are getting benefited from Aasara social security pensions scheme alone. There is no reason for our candidate to lose the election, and if we lose, the local MLA will be responsible for it. Hence, the legislators should not be biased towards their favourites during selection and instead choose candidates only after taking local factors into consideration to ensure victory,” he said.
The Chief Minister stated that unlike the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections earlier, the municipal elections were fought on different parameters and electoral campaign alone cannot ensure the party’s victory. He wanted the legislators to adopt micro-management concept for effective electioneering. He expressed dissatisfaction over the MPs and MLAs working from their homes and instead, asked them to operate from the party offices in their respective constituencies. “Politics is all about remaining close to people. But many MPs and legislators stop visiting their party offices after getting elected. It must stop and they should operate from the party offices hereafter,” he asserted.
Chandrashekhar Rao asked the party leaders to work in coordination with each other and ensure that the party candidates win the election. He stated that all the party leaders must work for election of the TRS candidates after the party finalises a candidate. The party leaders were instructed to play their respective roles in development of urban areas on a par with rural areas. The Ministers were directed to campaign at select places across the State.
TRS secretary general K Keshava Rao, working president and Minister KT Rama Rao, Lok Sabha floor leader Nama Nageshwar Rao, Telangana State Planning Board vice-chairman B Vinod Kumar, Ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs and chairpersons of various corporations, and other leaders attended the meeting. Separate meetings were held for TRS leaders with erstwhile districts as a unit, to discuss poll strategies.