While Telangana is going to early elections, most likely in November or December and all political parties are getting ready with their list of candidates, a panic situation has gripped the MLAs of various parties in the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh as well.
Party sources said ruling Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is also getting ready for shortlisting the party candidates for the ensuing assembly elections, though they are still seven months away.
It is learnt he has started getting a final survey done through various sources to identify the potential candidates who have fair chances of winning and others whose chances are bleak, so that he can replace them with alternative candidates.
While the Real Time Governance set up at the CMO in the Velagapudi Secretariat is serving as an ideal source of getting people’s feedback on the performance of the MLAs in their respective constituencies, Naidu is also getting reports from the state intelligence department and independent survey teams under the leadership of experts from Sri Venkateshwara University in Tirupati.
“After corroborating all the reports, Naidu would come to a conclusion on the candidates to be fielded in the next elections,” a source said.On the other hand, YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is solely banking on the teams of Indian Political Action Committee founded by political strategist Prashant Kishor, besides getting feedback from his own party network.
Unlike in the past, he has decided not to depend on the reports of Sakshi media house.As the elections are fast approaching, the reports of various surveys are causing tense moments to the MLAs.It is learnt some of the MLAs have also commissioned their own independent surveys on the chances of winning and also to change the public perception, so that they would give right feedback about them during the surveys of the party leaderships.
“Each MLA is engaging teams of students to get the feedback in the villages and if there are any lapses, they could rectify the same in the next three or four months,” sources said.